Vendors on notice as council targets roadside selling
OPPORTUNISTIC roadside vendors in Gladstone are risking fines as the council cracks down on sellers using public places illegally to sell goods.
The location, on council property, regularly hosts a bevy of cars, fruit and unlicensed market stalls.
But vendors who use popular roadside markets run the risk of copping a hefty fine.
The Dawson Hwy location is clearly signed, advising of penalties for parking illegally.
It is not the first time the issue has raised the ire of council, with 56 offenders fined more than $12,000 in 2012.
Despite this, the sales continue.
Mayor Gail Sellers said individuals looking to market their unwanted vehicles should do so by conventional means.
"Do what the majority of people do. Advertise in the local media," she said.
Another popular site is Dreamer's Corner. Although it's on private property, Cr Sellers said it was an inappropriate location.
"It's not the best place for the vehicles to be advertised as it's not safe," she said.
"Traffic makes it very dangerous as it distracts people driving."
However, she is in disagreement with members of the public who frequent the site.
Earl Chivell, who was browsing among the vehicles on Sunday, said he thought it was a perfectly suited location.
"It is perfectly safe here. I would not agree that it was a distraction," he said.
Potential buyer Crystalyn Barnett said if council would not permit roadside sales, they should provide an alternative.
"There needs to be a place that people can bring their stuff to sell," she said.