Mayor Ron Dyne in Mary Street. Gympie Regional Council is being called on to fix up pavers, replace trees and investigate better parking.
Mayor Ron Dyne in Mary Street. Gympie Regional Council is being called on to fix up pavers, replace trees and investigate better parking. Craig Warhurst

Council to investigate parking

TRADERS want more bang for their buck in Mary Street with Gympie Regional Council being called on to fix up pavers, replace trees and investigate better parking.

At the second Mary Street Retailers Meeting on Tuesday night Toyworld co-owner Louisa Corbet said she had done a customer survey over the last month and parking was a number one concern with shoppers.

Mrs Corbet said 98 per cent of her customers were locals and didn’t want to walk for 10 minutes to buy a $10 present.

“I’ve got three kids and I will only do two laps before I give up,” she said.

Speaking yesterday Mrs Corbet said a few more meetings were needed but council had to start looking after locals and planning parking solutions for the future.

“We’re all busy people and live hectic lives, there’s only so much time we’ve got to lap.

“We’ve got to make it more parking friendly.”

It seems council is listening to the voices of retailers with a newly formed Mary Street steering committee.

At Tuesday’s meeting Mayor Ron Dyne said council would help with parking concerns by putting up more signage to show people where they could park close to Mary Street.

Council will also, as soon as possible, fix broken pavers and replace Leopard trees with evergreens to help beautify the street.

Three Mary Street committees were formed for upper, lower and middle Mary Street and a number of retailers have expressed an interest in becoming a champion for their section to report back with ideas and concerns to the Mary Street steering committee.

The next meeting for Mary Street traders is being planned for November.

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