Path to repairs not so smooth
HOW LONG does it take to install a 200-metre footpath alongside a main road?
Tinana resident Glenn James has been writing to the council since before amalgamation in an effort to have the grass verge on Ferry Street, between Ann and Albert streets, properly sealed.
He keeps being told it has priority but more than two years later it still hasn’t been done.
“It’s a safety issue for a lot of older people,” he said.
“It’s uneven and rough and when it rains it gets boggy and people have to take themselves or their mobility scooters on to the road where there is a lot of traffic.
“Ferry Street is a main road. This footpath should have priority.”
The Fraser Coast Regional Council has responded to Mr James’s inquiries several times with the same answer: That the section of verge has been identified as a priority in the Living Streets or Walk Cycle Strategy, but it all depended on the council’s budget.
“The council should just get off their backsides and do it,” Mr James said.
“It comes under their duty of care.
“I’m pursuing this not just for me but for all the senior citizens who need to get around, as well as all those schoolchildren who use the path during the busy morning and afternoon periods.”
A council spokesman told the Fraser Coast Chronicle the footpath would be upgraded to concrete this financial year.
“Council adopted its $735,000 footpath construction and replacement program for the current financial year at its September ordinary meeting,” the spokesman said.
“The Ferry Street section (Ann Street to Albert Street) was identified as a missing link of the Maryborough Walk Cycle Plan and given a priority one rating under the construction program.
“The council has allocated $70,000 to build the new 1.5metre-wide 200-metre long section of footpath.”