FAMILIES looking to do a good deed on Clean Up Australia Day have been left angry after they returned to their cars to find parking fines.
Gabbie Gaughan volunteered for a clean-up at Cliff Hargreaves Park at Currimundi, along with other staff and families of Currimundi Child Care and Education Centre.
Mrs Gaughan followed the rest of the parkers on that side of the car park, who had parked front end in.
One of the event organisers saw the officer putting fines on the cars, but wasn't able to convince the officer to exercise lenience.
Mrs Gaughan later noticed the parking sign directed cars to park parallel, but the fines cited "stopping on a path dividing strip or nature strip" as the infringement, in an upsetting end to an event that was in aid of the community and council.
"We volunteered with Clean Up Australia Day through the council, and at that specific spot," Mrs Gaughan said.
"I know they've got a job to do, but on my behalf I'm just upset that it happened, and it happened while I was doing something that you think is good for the community."
She said it was not clear the area was off-limits to parkers.
"It's a gravelly, grassy kind of car park," Mrs Gaughan said.
"It didn't seem to be a safety issue, there was no danger to anyone around us, because we were actually in a designated car park.
"There was no yellow line to say we couldn't park here, there was no sign to say we could park here, we weren't parked over a footpath or anything."
About eight staff members and 10 children volunteered at the event, along with another group of volunteers from another company.
Mrs Gaughan's boss wrote a letter to the council requesting the fines be waived, but if that letter fails, Mrs Gaughan plans to dispute the fine herself.
"I'm upset for my friend, too, because they're going through some financial difficulties," she said.
"I hate the idea of other people who don't have the finances having to pay that, and it's so much money."
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