Senior hits out at parking blitz

A MEMBER of the Warwick senior community has lashed out at the council, after he says a parking inspector targeted vehicles at yesterday's Music In the Park festival.

Joe Owens, who is president of the Warwick Senior Citizens Association, performed with his band The Grumpies to celebrate Seniors Week.

Bus loads of nursing home residents and other elderly people were transported to the event and given free entertainment and lunch.

But it seems not everyone was in a charitable state of mind.

Mr Owens said he and other volunteers and spectators were shocked to see the parking inspector marking the tyres on their vehicles.

The vehicles were parked in an area marked out by traffic cones in front of the Leslie Park rotunda.

Mr Owens said entertainers and organisers were forced to constantly move the vehicles out of fear of the council's wrath.

"We had to cart instruments and heavy amps onto the rotunda and we thought it was pretty poor show by making us shift our cars and go around the corner," he said.

"We had to move the cars because we didn't want to risk copping a fine when we are there, with no financial gain of ours, to provide some entertainment for the seniors in the community."

Mr Owens and his fellow band members regularly volunteer their services to the community and said this was a slap in the face.

He added that volunteers at yesterday's event had spent hours feeding, entertaining and caring for 180 Warwick seniors and said the council could have offered more support instead of eye-balling their cars.

"I think the council could have come and set that parking area aside for the day so we could use it for the Music in the Park," he said.

"We also carted 100 chairs from the Senior Citizens hall so I don't know that they were trying to do to us.

"We were pretty cheesed off that they would do that to us in Seniors Week, to be honest."

Council was asked to respond to the claims yesterday but did not do so by the time of print.

It is not known whether any parking fines were issued during the Music in the Park event yesterday.



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