by Alan Lander
DOREEN Cunnington and her husband are true Eumundi locals.
She and her husband Brian, now 93, have lived in the same house for 65 years in Low St.
The house is a few doors up from the one in which Brian grew up.
But times change, and Eumundi is encountering the same population growth as other Coast towns and villages - and the same problems that come with the growth.
Now, Mrs Cunnington says, it's impossible to get a park anywhere near the local chemist, Eumundi Village Pharmacy, on the corner of Memorial Dr and Etheridge St on a Saturday or Wednesday due to market customers filling all available car parks.
Two Saturdays ago she was discharged from hospital and required medication, but the couple couldn't obtain a car park to hand over the script and receive the medication.
"I was quite desperate because I had to have these tablets and was just out of hospital," Mrs Cunnington said.
The pharmacy ended up sending someone around to her house.
Pharmacy proprietor Tania Watson said the business received lots of complaints about parking access, especially on market days.
"But (Sunshine Coast) council changed a space outside to a maximum 15 minutes, which has helped a lot," she said.
The 15-minute park is one up from the space immediately outside the pharmacy, which is a loading zone.
"A lot of people park in the loading zone, do a quick stop for a pie or whatever," Ms Watson said.
"So at least the space turns over, as does the 15-minute one.
"Doreen's a lovely lady and I sympathise with her situation.
"We've got a car park upstairs, but the spaces are very tight - and there are steep steps down to the shops."
Ms Watson said the nearest disabled parking space was across the road at the markets site "and on market days even I wouldn't want to try and cross that road".
She said Eumundi was "like Cooroy" where the population had grown substantially "and the days of getting a park outside the shop you want to visit are gone".
Having a good aged care centre would help older community members, Ms Watson said.
"Not everyone would want to move to one, but at least they would still be in touch with their community - and getting medical services would be easier," she said.