Tiaro resident, Peter Lockwood, has been advocating for 5 long years to have a practical pathway installed in front of his house along Mayne Street. Currently children are forced to walk along the shoulder of the Bruce Highway to get to school.
Tiaro resident, Peter Lockwood, has been advocating for 5 long years to have a practical pathway installed in front of his house along Mayne Street. Currently children are forced to walk along the shoulder of the Bruce Highway to get to school. Brendan Bufi

Resident frustrated at council forcing pedestrians onto Bruce Highway

A TIARO resident has expressed grave concerns for the safety of children who use the designated pedestrian strip along Mayne St.

The street, which forms part of the Bruce Hwy, is used by schoolchildren and those with mobility impairments in place of appropriate street footpath, fuelling the angering of one resident who says enough hasn't been done.

Mayne St resident Peter Lockwood said previous attempts made by the Fraser Coast Regional Council to install appropriate footpath had washed away.

"After a few days of rain, the highway becomes treacherous and the footway a sodden quagmire," he said.

Mr Lockwood said the concrete dust laid down on several previous occasions now posed a safety risk.

"The concrete dusting is not set, so it gets washed away in rain and forms holes and bumps," he said.

Mr Lockwood, who called the pathway a "spoon drain," submitted a Public Interest Disclosure to the Fraser Coast Regional Council, which was rejected on the grounds it had been dealt with previously.

"For many years we have fought over the footpath," Mr Lockwood said.

"The only way my disabled wife can use her walker is to walk on the Bruce Highway.

"The pathway is impassable when wet and I've personally witnessed schoolchildren walking on the side of the busy highway," he said.

Do you think the pathway along Mayne Street in Tiaro should be extended?

This poll ended on 17 May 2015.

Current Results

Yes.

85%

No.

14%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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