CBD footpaths slippery issue
THE FRASER Coast Regional Council was yesterday moving fast to respond to complaints that new footpaths in Maryborough’s CBD were slip hazards.
Councillor Gerard O’Connell inspected the paths, built as part of the council’s $3.5 million beautification project, last week.
He said that while he could understand people wearing rubber-soled shoes could be at risk of slipping while the paths were wet, he was not aware of any falls or injuries.
“Regardless, we’re going to have our design guys look at this within the next few days,” he said.
“We’ll be acting quickly to make sure it’s all OK – if there’s something that needs to be done we’ll put it in place.”
Mr O’Connell told the Chronicle the issue was brought to the council’s attention by a concerned shopkeeper on Kent Street who had a couple of close calls herself.
“I’ve had a look – I’m no expert – but I can see how rubber sole shoes could probably slip on the pavement,” he said yesterday.
“As you can appreciate (the Maryborough CBD beautification) has been a big project with new footpaths, roads, seats, lights, etcetera ... if people identify an issue we want to make sure it’s all OK.”
He said staff were set to run some tests today.
The controversial multi-million-dollar CBD beautification project was finished last month.