SHOPPING trolleys are invading the Joondalup CBD, according to local politicians.
Joondalup MLA Jan Norberger is calling on the local community to help address the issue.
“A lot of inner city residents and business owners have raised concerns in relation to the growing number of shopping trolleys being abandoned throughout the city,” he said.
“These trolleys end up littering the sidewalk, garden beds and carparks, detracting from the overall beauty and amenity of our city.
“While it is great to see Lakeside Joondalup continue to grow, it is important that large retail tenants take more responsibility to collect trolleys outside the centre’s boundaries.”
“Contractors are currently employed to collect trolleys on behalf of major retail outlets but I do not believe they travel around inner-city Joondalup frequently enough to collect them.”
He said while the City of Joondalup could impound trolleys, he did not believe that was “the best utilisation of City resources”.
Moore MHR Ian Goodenough said he had also received emails complaining about the situation.
On one recent morning, he noticed at least 16 trolleys abandoned around Boas and McLarty avenues.
“The main concern is damage to parked cars caused by collisions with trolleys and vandalism/ pranks where the trolleys are pushed down slopes to collide into windows/objects,” he said.
“The solution may be a policy from shopping centre management that shopping trolleys are not to be removed from the centre or carpark to which they belong, or the coin return system encouraging shoppers to return them for a refund.”
Mr Norberger is sending a map of inner-city Joondalup to all local residents and asking them to nominate their hot-spots for abandoned trolleys.
He will use this data to raise concerns with Lendlease and the major retailers at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City.
“I would encourage residents to keep an eye out for my letter and return the enclosed map so that a full picture of the local problem can be ascertained,” he said.
Lakeside Joondalup centre manager Gemma Hannigan said while trolleys were owned and managed by major retailers, residents can report problem areas to centre management “so we can assist with their collection”.