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Residents put walkers on notice

Division 10 councillor Graeme Brady is asking people who park their cars at the base of Mt Archer in the early hours to think of sleeping residents nearby, and not slam their car doors.
Division 10 councillor Graeme Brady is asking people who park their cars at the base of Mt Archer in the early hours to think of sleeping residents nearby, and not slam their car doors. Sharyn O'Neill

WHEN Stacey Borsboom went for a fitness walk with friends up Mt Archer early on Saturday, she didn't expect to run into trouble.

After a couple of hours walking, Stacey returned to her car to find a note, pinned under the windscreen wipers, warning her to tone it down in the future.

She was shocked.

The note warned Stacey her car registration details and a description had been taken for survey purposes and if she had any issues she should speak to Rockhampton councillor Graeme Brady.

"Hello early morning walkers, this is a residential street and every Saturday and Sunday morning the local residents are getting woken up early by the constant slams of vehicle doors closing as walking groups park at this location," the note read.

"Could you please not park at this location - instead choosing an area of the walkway that is further from the houses."

Stacey, who only recently moved to Rockhampton, posted a copy of the note on Facebook.

"(I was) disgusted that people would have the audacity to whinge at people getting out and leading active lifestyles," she said.

"Not once were any of us disobeying the law, loud or disrespectful to the quiet residential street and its occupants, nor were we at any point 'constantly slamming our vehicle doors'."

A resident in the area said the letter was not to discourage people from being active but to show consideration for residents.

"It's the people in large organised groups that always park their cars in front of our house and it's becoming a big problem for residents," he said.

Last week the council issued a media release urging people to be considerate to locals and Cr Brady said he had only received one phone call regarding the matter since Saturday.

"I want to make it clear that this is not telling people to not make use of the area or be active, but just to be considerate," he said yesterday.

Topics:  graeme brady mt archer noise rockhampton regional council walking



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