In the land of Oz, we have a way of making engineered things more complicated than they need be.
In last week’s issue of the Sentinel-Times, there was a story on page five highlighting the lack of footpaths in Inverloch.
One mentioned was Ullathornes Road, Inverloch, which is the main thoroughfare between Toorak Road towards Cape Paterson and Inverloch CBD and at the other end, the Bass Highway.
The road carries trucks, buses, caravans, cars and all manner of pedestrians. Why pedestrians? Because there is a footpath from both ends on one side of the road which suddenly ends near a retirement village, leaving a gap of maybe 100 metres which probably includes crossovers to properties, paid for by property owners and ratepayers over many number of years, and yet here we are with the missing gap which the shire well knows about, even has it on a special list, but it has no way of even predicting when they can afford 100 metres of concrete to complete the path.
Could be next year, five years or 20 years, who knows, not the shire.
If you raise the point with them, regarding the tree roots, mud holes, dodging parked cars, etc., you are given the polite information that yes we know about it, but money is too tight to mention to do the obvious and finish the job off properly before starting another one, like Toorak Road which through most of its length is a veritable minefield for all non-motor traffic.
Perhaps if councillors all had to use mobility scooters to get around they might understand the reasons why such supposedly little things like uneven surfaces, playing hopscotch in the traffic and councils not providing basic infrastructure annoy us.
What’s the use of spruiking liveability when you can’t even justify the cost of joining the dots?
So, like the break of gauge railway scenario between Sydney and Melbourne which for some 100 years inconvenienced passengers and choked trade in peace and war ‘till the solution was found by providing a common gauge, we must note police advice to not walk on the road but disregard it, because there is no other choice thanks to the bean counters of Bass Coast Shire.
Graeme Sproul, Inverloch.