Mail run leads to costly mistake
IT took only three minutes for Tweed businessman Errol Wright to lose $155 this week.
He wasn't gambling, shopping at Versace or drinking Moet & Chandon.
He was picking up his mail.
Mr Wright, owner of Tweed Endeavour Cruises, pulled up directly outside Centro Tweed's Australia Post earlier this week to dash inside to grab his mail.
Unable to find a park in the busy parking lot, he pulled into a bay marked "No stopping", nestled in behind another park zoned for 10-minute parking.
He was gone for three minutes when his car was ticketed by a Tweed Shire Council ranger.
Mr Wright admits he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but is urging Centro Tweed to increase the amount of short-term parking outside the post office.
?Currently there is only one short-term park outside the post office to service the 1400 mail boxes at Centro Tweed's Australia Post.
Each day dozens of people disobey parking signs when the short-term zone is full, in order to grab their mail quickly.
Mr Wright said it was ridiculous that hundreds of people paid for their private mail boxes and were given only one car park to pick to use the service.
"It is just wrong. They encourage us to do business there and cannot supply parking in the area out the front," Mr Wright said.
"Ask any business owner and they have the same problem. You can never get a park so you park where you can.
"I want to see a few five-minute parking zones through there so we can get in and out, otherwise the problem will only get worse."
Centro Tweed refused to comment on whether a change to parking conditions was possible.
Tweed Shire Council environmental and community services manager Geoff Edwards said council could not force a change, despite being the organisation responsible for policing the area.
He said rangers usually allowed a five-minute period of grace before issuing tickets at the site.
"However, it was still technically an infringment in that case," he said.