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Old folks’ car parks nicked and they are walking from Arcade

SENIOR SITUATION: Gwen Taylor, Dell Waite, Maisie Hammond and Clare Ireland are campaigning to get their parking back at Schotia Place.
SENIOR SITUATION: Gwen Taylor, Dell Waite, Maisie Hammond and Clare Ireland are campaigning to get their parking back at Schotia Place. Photo Christine Mckee Rokcoldies

SOME of Rockhampton's most senior citizens are beating the streets each Thursday, not in protest but out of necessity.

Since changes were made to car parking next to Schotia Place, those attending the weekly luncheons at the hall are finding they often have to walk the long distance from the Kern Arcade car park.

Early this year, Rockhampton Regional Council removed signs which provided allocated parking spaces adjacent to Schotia Place.

Since then, the Rockhampton Senior Citizens Club claims the parks are being used by council employees and the public and have organised a petition to have their access returned.

The club has been operating since the mid-1970s and each Thursday provides morning tea, lunch and entertainment at Schotia Place.

"A high percentage of these elderly people have had knee or hip replacements, use walkers or walking sticks, have breathing problems or heart conditions and the list goes on," said spokesman Margaret Fleetwood.

"This is an important social event and we want our senior citizens to be independent."

She said the 20 allocated spaces were insufficient as it was, but patrons had been allowed to park their cars in the adjoining streets by displaying a Schotia Place parking permit. But that has been taken away too.

The group is asking for the public to support their case by signing their petition.

Mayor Margaret Strelow said the matter had been raised with her by Cr Rose Swadling.

"We can understand their frustrations," Cr Strelow said.

"Council will look at ways to make sure that parking is easily and freely available for the senior groups that use Schotia Place when they need it," she said.

Topics:  parking, rockhampton cbd, schotia place




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