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Reverse cost on parking

ON THE NOSE: Des Harvey beneath an awning he’s had fixed too many times. Photo: Lachlan Thompson
ON THE NOSE: Des Harvey beneath an awning he’s had fixed too many times. Photo: Lachlan Thompson

OVER the years reverse angle parking has cost Grafton jewellery shop owner Des Harvey thousands of dollars.

The problem hangs on the awning he has on the veranda at the front of his shop.

Mr Harvey, who owns Harveys Jewellers, can point out five patches on it, each the result of a truck backing into a parking spot on Prince St and pushing back just a little too far.

"This necessitates the blind or awning being removed, repaired and replaced," Mr Harvey said.

And so Mr Harvey, like many shop owners on Prince St, is in favour of nose-in parking.

During his time as chairman of Grafton's City Centre Traders and president of the Chamber of Commerce, Mr Harvey said he lobbied the council for the change.

"I'm for nose-in parking because it is easier for people to drive into the space and then back out and you don't get exhaust fumes being blown into shops," he said.

Mr Harvey said around the time he was lobbying Clarence Valley Council, Ballina Shire switched to nose-in parking, as did several Queensland councils. "If they could do it, why couldn't we?" he asked.

Mr Harvey said the issue had not been discussed for about a decade but his position remained the same.

Nose-in parking on Prince St will be discussed by the council at a meeting in Maclean tonight.



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