TWO children were unable to visit their father’s grave last weekend because the Moama Cemetery car park was full.
But not with people paying their respects, it was used for families to attend the Christmas Spectacular at Moama Recreation Reserve.
And this isn’t the first time it has happened.
A mother, who does not want to be named, said the car park is full every time there is an event at the football oval. ‘‘It is just disrespectful,’’ she said.
‘‘My kids were really upset that we couldn’t get a park and see their dad.
‘‘I know there is plenty of parking around the oval and at the Moama Grammar. There is no need for them to take up the cemetery car parking.’’
The council run cemetery has a clearly marked sign which says ‘‘cemetery parking only’’.
And council is just as ‘‘disappointed’’.
Acting general manager Des Bilske said council is always seeking voluntary cooperation from the public with parking controls such as the signage on the cemetery gates.
‘‘Council is extremely disappointed that people are not more considerate for the users of the cemetery,’’ he said.
‘‘If the general public do not voluntarily abide by parking control signs then council’s only option during events like this is to ensure there are parking officers in attendance and issuing parking fines to the people who are inconsiderate and not following parking regulations.’’
Mr Bilske said the event organisers may be able to provide additional parking in areas off the roadway and away from the cemetery to prevent this from happening.
‘‘Council can only suggest that it is most appropriate for members of the public to organise visits to the cemetery at times that do not clash with once a year significant events such as the fireworks and music display,’’ he said.
‘‘It is potentially very distracting visiting grave sites when there is fireworks being used and loud music being played in the near vicinity.’’