I WOULD suggest that parking inspectors be reintroduced in the Main Street of Airlie Beach, to enforce the Council’s parking regulations.
As a taxi driver, I have collected on three separate occasions a wheelchair bound passenger, whom I take to the Airlie Day and Night Chemist on the main street in Airlie Beach. There is a disabled bay just outside the chemist. On each of these three separate occasions a car has been parked in the disabled bay just outside the Airlie Day and Night Chemist. In none of these occasions did the car display a disabled parking permit. There was no other available parking bay in the vicinity either.
As I drive a sedan car, his wheelchair has to be partially dismantled, and then re-assembled on arrival, so I need the bit of extra width which disabled bays provide.
So on Sunday, July 27, with my wheelchair-bound passenger in the car, I had to go round to the Woolworths car park, via the Esplanade and two roundabouts, just so that I was able to find a parking spot with enough space to re-assemble this passenger’s wheelchair, and wait for his return from the Chemist, and then dissemble his wheelchair again to take him back to residence.
This additional mileage is an additional expense to this passenger.
What prompts me to inform you of all of this was that on Sunday, July 27, after having dropped this passenger back home, I was on my way to the Airlie Beach rank via the Main street when I noticed that same car was still parked in the disabled bay in front of Airlie Day and Night Chemist.
A police car was coming in the opposite direction. It drove straight past the illegally parked car, obviously not concerned.
I wish to relate to your office that during the mid 80’s and 90’s, the council employed a parking inspector, who happened to be wheelchair bound. His first name was Alan, if I remember well, and he was well a respected member of our community, and competed in many wheel chair sports.
I am sure that there must be other wheelchair-bound persons who would relish the opportunity of gaining rightful employment, should this position be made available by Council. Max Freckelton Airlie Beach