Wally Laycock at the drain on the corner of Fern and Ada streets.
Wally Laycock at the drain on the corner of Fern and Ada streets. Renee Pilcher

Drain proves a hazard

WALLY Laycock is concerned for the safety of anyone using walking sticks or mobility scooters trying to cross the road at the corner of Fern and Ada streets becasue of a storm drain cover.

Mr Laycock said he noticed the problem while working at Meals on Wheels when he saw an elderly gentleman was trying to get from the pavement to the road.

"He managed but he just about fell over," Mr Laycock said.

"I'm concerned for all the older people who try and cross; they could get their walking stick caught" - Mr Laycock demonstrated with his walking stick, saying if the stick went into the gap between the top of the cement cover and the road, it could cause the person to topple over.

"I've been a carer since I was 11 years old and I'm concerned someone will be hurt or killed."

Mr Laycock said he thought it would be a "little job" to put a ramp at the corner to avoid any harm coming to people trying to cross.

Chairman of Gympie Regional Council's works and services committee Cr Larry Friske said council was always receptive to anyone's concerns.

"We have an on-going program putting in ramps," he said.

"Any particular area of concern we would like to hear about so we can do something.

"We are committed to keep doing more ramps each year." Cr Friske said the particular intersection Mr Laycock was referring to, has a footpath along Ada St and a "fairly vital" storm water pit.

Gympie Times


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