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Tin Can Bay resident calls for more disabled parks

CAMPAIGN: Murray James (inset) wants more than one disabled parking at Tin Can Bay’s Dolphin Shopping Centre (above).
CAMPAIGN: Murray James (inset) wants more than one disabled parking at Tin Can Bay’s Dolphin Shopping Centre (above). Patrick Woods

TIN Can Bay resident Murray James loves his town, but there is one thing he says it is lacking - disabled car parks.

Mr James is a disability carer and, for the past four months, has been quietly campaigning for more disabled parking spots at the Tin Can Bay Dolphin Shopping Centre.

Within the complex, there are six different medical facilities and Mr James said one designated parking spot was not enough, especially when it was often taken by able-bodied people.

He had spoken to a number of residents who, he said, shared his concerns.

"Tin Can Bay is quite an elderly community," Mr James said.

"Everybody who has a disability or is caring for someone with a disability says, 'yes Murray, it's frustrating'."

Mr James said it was a case of looking after the community, but he was told by Gympie Regional Council it was up to the owners of the complex to designate more disabled parking spaces.

However, Cooloola Coast Clinic and Rainbow Beach Medical Practice manager Felicity Hogan said Mr James's concerns would be addressed.

However, she also said the complex had sufficient disabled parking spaces as per council approval, plus another parking spot for ambulance and emergency situations.

"We realise there can be a shortage of parking spaces at times around the Dolphin Shopping Centre which is why we are currently looking into converting one of the other car parks into a pick up, set down spot for patients' convenience," Ms Hogan said.

"Cooloola Coast Clinic endeavours that our disabled patients are treated fairly and with dignity and respect.

"At the present time we are about to start construction on a disabled toilet for our patients' convenience."

Mr James said he did not expect a multitude of disabled parks, but a few extra spaces would be helpful.

"Just two more spaces would be fabulous," he said.

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