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Echuca west residents fear children are not safe

Jason Harvey and Trevor Hall are among residents concerned about the poor condition of Echuca West School Rd.

IVY WISE March 14, 2014 4:38am

Jason Harvey and Trevor Hall inspect the poor condition of Echuca West School Rd


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Echuca West School Rd is a danger zone and needs to be fixed, according to concerned residents.

Trevor Hall, Jason Harvey, Norm Visca and Keith and Toni Whaley are just some of West School Rd residents who have to deal with bone-rattling corrugation, deep holes, rock sprays, dust and vehicle damage every day.

‘‘This has got to be the worst road in the town,’’ Mr Hall said.

‘‘It’s dangerous. The corrugation is 100mm deep.

‘‘I’m worried a school bus could have an accident.’’

Mr Hall said the unsealed road had not been maintained in many months and whenever Campaspe Shire Council re-sheeted the road, it was a quick fix.

‘‘As soon as it is graded, the amount of cars using the road triples and within two weeks, it is in the same condition as before,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a shocker. You just have to hear the cars shaking.

‘‘I’ve only had my Holden ute for a week and it’s already wrecked. It’s cracked parts of the dash and damaged my door.’’

His neighbour, Jason Harvey, said despite having a four-wheel drive with full suspension, the road had damaged his light bar, spotlights and door.

‘‘It’s falling apart,’’ he said.

‘‘I put my drinks in the back of my car fridge and they all get smashed. That’s how bumpy it is.

‘‘Everyone who comes to my house asks me how I live with it, but I have no choice.’’

Mr Harvey’s house is about 15m from the road and he said it would often get sprayed with rocks from passing vehicles.

‘‘I can hear the rocks hit the windows,’’ he said.

‘‘I won’t let my young girls in the front yard because I’m afraid they’ll get hit by a rock.

‘‘They can’t even use the trampoline. They haven’t been able to since Christmas.’’

Mr Visca is building a house further up the road and said he had been forced to drive on the shoulder of the road, on the grass, to avoid the deep corrugation.

Mr and Mrs Whaley, who own K9 Kondos, tell their customers to avoid the road completely and use Stratton Rd instead.

The residents have made several complaints to council in the past few months and Mr Hall and Mr Harvey spoke with Campaspe Shire roads services team leader Danny Maloney in November, but said nothing had been done.

‘‘Ultimately, we’d like them to bitumen it, but we’ve been told that will never happen,’’ Mr Hall said.

‘‘In the immediate future, we would like the road maintained regularly; once a month at least.’’

Campaspe Shire Council road services manager Ollie McNulty said all roads are inspected in line with the Road Management Plan.

‘‘As a collector road, Echuca West School Road is inspected five times per year,’’ Mr McNulty said.

‘‘The most recent cycle of inspections was completed in early February.

‘‘We also inspect our roads following customer requests received through our service request system.’’

Mr McNulty said inspections from service requests in January showed that the road did not require grading.

‘‘Inspections in February, as part of our routine inspection program, showed that the road did require grading and was placed on the grading program.

‘‘As outlined in our Road Management Plan, these works are to be completed within 50 days.

‘‘The grading crew is working towards this area and will be working near Echuca West School Rd next week. This road will be regraded next week.’’

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