Topics:  booval, booval fair, coles and woolworths, ipswich city council, shopping, wheel lock technology

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HOLDING YARD: Booval Second Hand owner Nick Koomen is unhappy about having to collect abandoned trolleys.
HOLDING YARD: Booval Second Hand owner Nick Koomen is unhappy about having to collect abandoned trolleys. Rob Williams
Booval Secondhand owner Nick Koomen is unhappy about having to collect the trolleys left abandoned from neighbouring businesses. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Booval Secondhand owner Nick Koomen is unhappy about having to collect the trolleys left abandoned from neighbouring businesses. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

A SPATE of stray trolleys in the Ipswich suburb of Booval has left one local business owner fuming.

Booval Second Hand owner Nick Koomen removed 25 stray trolleys off Station Rd over the holiday period.

"I get here early of a morning and there are normally six or seven on the street," he said.

"They're a risk of someone running into them, especially an elderly person.

"I collect them in the morning and store them in my yard, but I'm not a storage place for Coles and Woolies.

"It's been extremely bad over the Christmas period.

"I've got about 25 here, and there are still more on Station Rd; I can't be cleaning up the entire road."

"I've got about 25 here, and there are still more on Station Rd; I can't be cleaning up the entire road."

Shopping centres were last year issued a warning by the Ipswich City Council to secure their trolleys or face thousands of dollars in fines.

Ipswich shopping centres were given a year from July 18 to comply with the new policy.

Mr Koomen said he would like to see Booval Fair adopt the policy sooner rather than later.

"They need to bring in the system they've got in Riverlink.

"It's just getting out of hand; I'm not a collector."

However, Ipswich Cr Paul Tully said laws to control trolleys remained only proposals at this stage.

"These laws are not yet in effect, but two local supermarkets have voluntarily undertaken to introduce 'wheel lock' technology to ensure trolleys do not leave their premises," he said.

"In the first quarter of this year, council will consult the public on all new and updated laws including this proposed one.

"Possible penalties for non-compliance with these laws are being considered by council."

A spokeswoman for Booval Fair Shopping centre said she was unaware of any plans by the centre's major stores to install wheel locks on their trolleys.

The spokeswoman said the centre's major outlets, Big W and Woolworths, employed a company to regularly collect stray trolleys. Woolworths did not return the QT's calls yesterday.



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