Mouldy public access path a hazard for Lammermoor residents
TAKING her dog for its daily stroll to the beach became fraught with danger when Lammermoor resident Rosslyn Alexander slipped on a mouldy public access path leaving her with concussion and injuries to her knee and foot.
Rosslyn's husband Peter said the problem that caused his wife so much distress was the bottom half of the path below the stairs which allows access from Rosslyn Close to Lammermoor beach.
"Following all the recent rain we have had, this section of the path has become covered in fine mould leaving it slippery like ice to walk on when damp," Mr Alexander said.
"After my wife injured herself on the path I contacted Rockhampton Regional Council to let them know what had happened and to request that urgent action be taken to clean the path to make it safe for other users.
"Mr Alexander said still no action had been taken to make the path safe after a week and several more phone calls to Council.
"My wife was still in pain and nothing had been done," Mr Alexander said.
"I wasn't asking for structural changes, just some cleaning to prevent anyone else from being injured.
I even considered putting up caution signs at the entry of the path to warn people to be careful.
"I have spoken to other residents in the area and apparently this is not the first time this pathway has become dangerous causing someone to slip.
"Mr Alexander said after having no response from Council he contacted Cr Ludwig to meet him on site last Thursday.
"Cr Ludwig contacted Council while we were on site and by that afternoon the path was cleaned," Mr Alexander said.
"It seems the only way to get anything done is to go directly to your divisional councillor.
"Cr Ludwig confirmed that on inspection of the path it was evident there was a risk for access users due to mould having built up during recent rains.
"At the time of inspection the marks where Mrs Alexander had slipped were still visible and the path was obviously slippery," Cr Ludwig said.
"Fortunately I was able to assist by making a few calls to the appropriate departments at Council.
"They responded rapidly by having the necessary maintenance work done that same afternoon."