Hazardous footpaths in Banora Point
AFTER months of overgrown grass growing through the cracks of a Banora Point footpath, residents have had enough.
Banora Point resident Brian Anderson recently tripped and fell on a footpath in Woodlands Drive.
"I was walking along the path here and there was two big clumps of grass in the middle which I'd been dodging for months,” Mr Anderson said.
"My foot must have got caught as I was walking, I'm not real steady on my feet because I've had four strokes and I bounced off the pole, hit my head and my knee.”
But, after contacting the Tweed Shire Council, Mr Anderson was told the path wasn't an urgent matter.
"Apparently, the cracks in the path have got to be 50mm wide for them to repair them,” Mr Anderson said.
Council staff did come to inspect the path and have removed some of the clumps of grass but no further repairs have been made to the uneven concrete.
Mr Anderson was told by council staff the path wouldn't be repaired until after Christmas.
"All they're going to do is come out to clean it up, they didn't say they were going to cut it back or anything,” he said.
"I can't remember how far out the footpath goes.”
Mr Anderson said the footpath was a danger to all pedestrians, especially as the street is in the middle of a school zone.
"We get a lot of traffic here from school kids,” he said.
"It wouldn't be good for women walking in high heeled shoes.
"It's just ridiculous that it's been let go like this.
"It's just a disgrace that they can allow it.”
Councillor Reece Byrnes visited Mr Anderson to discuss and inspect the footpath after he was contacted directly by the resident.
"Clearly broken and uneven footpaths are a hazard to the safety and well-being of members of our community,” Cr Byrnes said.
"Many locals are elderly or vision impaired and have great difficulty using such footpaths.”
Cr Byrnes said he would ensure the path was fixed.
"I have logged this matter with Council for urgent action,” he said.