The number of children using the baby joggers carriage in Collier’s new shopping centre has fallen by 70 per cent in just two months, with the majority of the carts now being operated by people aged over 12.
The Collier Centre at the Northland was established in 2017 as part of the state’s strategy to combat the coronaviruses coronaviral pandemic and to make the town “a place of safety and security”.
The move comes after the city council recently announced it would be closed for the summer due to the coronivirus pandemics.
The move is a sign of a positive shift in the city’s public transport, as more people are moving around the city, and there has been a rise in the number of new taxis and ride-hailing services, with Uber and Lyft recently expanding into Collier.
“The impact of the pandemic on Collier is great, but we have to keep it safe,” said Collier Council chief executive David Pugh.
“Collier is still a very safe city and we’re working very hard to make it that way.”
The council announced in March it would close the city centre, as part the strategy to fight the pandemic, after an outbreak of the virus in the nearby suburb of Warragamba killed nine people.
The city has been forced to turn to other options, with new roads being built in the surrounding area and a new carpark at the shopping centre.
But while the city has welcomed the number and the ease of travel, Pugh said he would like to see more children using carts.
“I’d like to have more children use the baby cart,” he said.
“But it’s a bit of a Catch-22.”
If it’s not safe to ride, then you can’t use the cart.
“And if it’s too dangerous to ride then you have to park in a different carpark.”
But Mr Pugh stressed that the new public transport would not just cater for children, but also children of all ages, with more than 1,000 seats available to families.
“It will be safe for them to ride the cart as well,” he told News24.
“As the number increases the more children can be accommodated in the cart.”
However, the Council of Collier said that the council’s decision to close the centre would not be enforced in future.
“We are very pleased to announce that the Colliers decision to cancel the Collie Jogger Cabaret at Collier has been lifted,” the council said in a statement.
“This decision was taken due to a lack of available capacity on the site and to provide additional services for the community.”
It added: “The Council will continue to look to expand our existing services and opportunities for the public.”
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