MAKING something happen quickly with Korumburra’s much-maligned brick pavement, to prevent further falls, might be more problematic than it seems.
It’s a fact that has been acknowledged by Cr Lorraine Brunt, who has nonetheless promised, on the community’s behalf, to keep the pressure on.
“I’ve got Anthony Seabrook (the shire’s Director Sustainable Communities and Infrastructure) coming out to have a look at it and there’ll need to be a report to council but we’ve certainly heard what the community has had to say,” Cr Brunt said this week.
“There’s a lot going on at the moment, though, that may impact what we do with the footpath.”
Cr Brunt was referring to the planned redevelopment of the former Korumburra Shire Office and Library site, which is in the process of being sold to the developers of the new Michael’s Supa IGA Supermarket project.
“There’ll have to be a traffic management study done with that and any proposed changes would need to be incorporated into the footpath plans.
“You’ve also got the situation where the streetscape in the main street is going to be changed.
“As I understand it, they are looking at changing the footpath in certain areas to improve safety and the attractiveness of the shopping centre.
“But if there’s something that can be done sooner rather than later, that’s what we’ll be pushing for,” Cr Brunt said.
For his part, the instigator of the community awareness campaign, about the parlous state of Korumburra’s footpath, Barry Ingwersen, said he was pleased with the higher profile the problem had received.
“What we wanted to do was put it back on the shire’s agenda and I think we’ve done that, short term,” Mr Ingwersen said.
“We have also thought of circulating a petition, which I think would be good.”
Barry would also like to develop a database that documents all the injuries to date.
“I was talking to a long-time resident about it the other day and he says they pulled up perfectly good concrete to lay those bricks. I bet they wish they hadn’t done it now,” Mr Ingwersen said.
“We’ve got the ball rolling and that’s good but ultimately this is about stopping other people from falling over in the street and hurting themselves, That’s not something that can wait any longer. We want to know what they are going to do about it.”
Mr Ingwersen doesn’t have to look far for inspiration. His wife Marion broke her wrist outside the Commonwealth Bank in March 2013.