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Shopping Trolley Win

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″ offset=”vc_col-lg-1/5 vc_col-md-1/5 vc_col-xs-1/5″][us_image image=”67173″ size=”thumbnail” align=”left” style=”circle” has_ratio=”1″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″ offset=”vc_col-lg-4/5 vc_col-md-4/5 vc_col-xs-4/5″][vc_column_text]By Bev Jordan[/vc_column_text][us_post_date][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s taken several years but a jubilant Frank de Masi is celebrating a win over wayward shopping trolleys.

The Hills Shire councillor has waged a war on abandoned shopping trolleys for several years and in 2019 issued a public call for businesses and councils to work together to find a solution to solve the problem.

He said the council had meetings with two major supermarket operators in an attempt for them to self-regulate and address this issue and then started lobbying the NSW State Government to make “urgent changes” to the Abandonment Act. The changes to the Act came into force this year on 1st November.

Clr de Masi said: “The onus is now on the owners of the trollies to prevent them leaving their stores.

“The new powers, included in the new Public Spaces (Unattended Property) Act 2021, … means is up-front fines of $660 would be issued to any supermarket that fails to collect a shopping trolley from a public space within three hours of being notified it is causing an obstruction or safety risk, or within seven days of being notified it is left unattended in a public place.

“This will be enforced after a six-month grace period where warnings will be issued for unattended property to allow retailers enough time to prepare and avoid being subjected to fines in the future.”

He said while it will take some time to have it fully implemented and see the problem disappear it was not just a win for the local area but the whole of NSW.

Frank De Masi Shopping Trollies Shopping Trolley WinDiane Sherrington, President of the Windsor Business Group, said that abandoned shopping trolleys were a real problem and welcomed moves to get something done.

“We have a major problem in Windsor. People are just so inconsiderate. Quite often main street is littered with (abandoned) trolleys in the morning. I can’t believe how ar some people take these trolleys.”

But while she welcomed moves to cull the number of trolleys left on the street. She said she felt retailers were being blamed for what their customers do. “I believe people need to be responsible for their own actions.”

The new regulations:
• Supermarkets face an on-the-spot fine of $660 for failing to collect a shopping trolley from a public place within three hours of being notified it is causing an obstruction or safety risk, or within four days of being given notice if left unattended for seven days or more in a public place.

• A further 10 per cent ($66) will be added to the fine for each additional trolley in the same spot (up to 11 in total) to reflect the greater access and amenity issues caused by unattended groups of trolleys

• Individual retailers could face a court-imposed penalty of up to $2,750 and a maximum of $13,750 for corporations for more serious offences
• Exemptions will apply for small businesses with less than 25 trolleys. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Bev Jordan

Bev Jordan studied journalism at Harlow College in the UK.  She achieves a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. After migrating to Australia at the end of 1984, she took up a Senior Journalist position with Cumberland Newspapers, based on the Parramatta Advertiser. She has since worked on the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and was a lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. Bev returned to Cumberland Newspapers (NewsLocal) and worked for 30 years covering all different mastheads, including Mosman Daily, Mount Druitt Standard and finally Hills Shire Times for the last 17 of those years. Bev’s passion has always been local community journalism.  She says “As a journalist, I have always seen it as my job to inform, inspire and involve.  I am a passionate advocate for organisations and people making a difference to the world around them. Connectedness is so important to the health of an individual but also to a community, no matter how small or large.

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