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What are your thoughts on parents with prams parks?

Parents with pram parking: What do you think?
Parents with pram parking: What do you think? Warren Lynam

DESIGNATED car parking spots for people with prams sparked debate on the Daily's Facebook page this week after we asked whether disability park abusers should lose demerit points on their licence.

While there was strong support for this idea, the debate aim quickly turned to pram parks, with some respondents even calling for them to be scrapped.

A spokeswoman at one Coast shopping centre told the Daily it was not technically illegal to park in a pram park without a baby and it was a courtesy provided by centres out of goodwill.

However, centres did have the right to enforce their own rules in regards to the parks.

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"It's not a legislative thing - it's just a nice thing to do," the spokeswoman said.

Marita Kruger said she felt pram parks did not necessarily have to be close to shops as most parents were merely after the wider space on offer in those parks.

"We are after the width of the parking space to manoeuvre your toddler into its car seat and the baby into the capsule on the other side without scratching your vehicle," she said.

Glenys Curtis agreed.

"What gets me is usually the parents with pram parking spots are closer to the entrance than the disability parking. Just because they have babies in prams doesn't mean they can't walk." she said.

Chenoa Trama, 33, has six kids all under age seven. She said she found it difficult unloading them from her van when they went shopping.

Why mums need pram parking spaces: Chenoa Trama of Yandina Creek has six kids and two large prams.
Why mums need pram parking spaces: Chenoa Trama of Yandina Creek has six kids and two large prams. Iain Curry

"Parking is very tight, so the ones that are wider are fantastic for me," she said.

"I'm very lucky that none of my kids are runners, but it is a safety thing.

"It's a matter of time before something happens to a child in a pram or a kid who has done a runner in a car park."

The founder of Sunshine Coast Group the Breast Milk Bar, Yvette Wensley, said pram parks made life a lot easier for mums, but were a "nice luxury ... not a necessity like disabled parking".

"I think it would be a good idea to see more of them, maybe at pools, community centres and places where families go," she said.

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