It is always so disappointing to see an abandoned shopping trolley by the side of the road or in our local parks, but unfortunately this is a sight we see all too often around the Cessnock local government area.
Not only is it an eyesore, but it’s often a safety hazard for pedestrians and motorists. Abandoned trolleys are also often used as tools for vandalising public spaces.
There seems to be a misconception in the community that it is solely Council’s responsibility to retrieve abandoned trolleys. It is actually the retailers who need to provide adequate drop off points and take responsibility for wayward trolleys and the community must also do the right thing by returning them to the stores.
A collective effort is needed to reduce the problem and we are calling on large retailers and community members to do their bit to minimise the number of trolleys being left unattended.
While Council is not directly responsible for the collection of trolleys, we do work closely with organisations such as Trolley Tracker to help reduce the problem.
Trolley Tracker provides both Council and the community with a quick and easy way to report Woolworths and Big W shopping trolleys for collection. To make a report, simply download the Trolley Tracker App or call 1800 641 497 and the information will be sent directly to the appropriate retailer for collection.
For any Coles trolleys, dial 1800 TROLLEY (1800 876 553) or download the free Trolley Collect App. We are pleased to see some people in the community already using this service, as there were 51 local reports via Trolley Trackers for the month of July.
We would also like to remind residents that our Rangers can issue on the spot fines to those who leave a trolley in a public space, so do the right thing and return it.
Another issue we would like to highlight this month is residents parking their cars on the footpath, which is both illegal and unacceptable.
Everyone has the right to walk from point A to B safely and by parking your vehicle on the footpath, you are creating an extra hazard.
Imagine you send your kids off to walk to school and on the way they get hit by a car as they needed to veer on to the road due to someone leaving their vehicle on the footpath. A scary thought to say the least.
Footpaths are there for pedestrians, not for you to park your car, so next time please think before you put someone’s life at risk.
More than 1,500 pedestrians are hit on NSW roads each year. Even if you are familiar with the road, it is important to take an extra moment to look out before you step out and always choose the safest place and time to cross.