Goughs Bay track cops a beat­ing

Lo­cal res­i­dents urge coun­cil to help fix walk­ing track prob­lems

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE - By STEVE VI­VIAN

DRAINAGE prob­lems and rogue ve­hi­cles have con­spired to dam­age Goughs Bay’s fore­shore walk­ing track.

The track, which is used by a lo­cal walk­ing group mul­ti­ple times a week, as well as many bikes and prams on the week­end, has be­come treach­er­ous to walk on and un­sightly to look at dur­ing the win­ter.

To rec­tify the prob­lem, mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity would like to see coun­cil add more drainage along the track to pre­vent flood­ing, and place sig­nage along the track to dis­suade ve­hi­cles from driv­ing along the track il­le­gally.

Ve­hi­cles driv­ing along the track is of par­tic­u­lar con­cern to mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, who have had mul­ti­ple run-ins with in­di­vid­u­als driv­ing il­le­gally and dan­ger­ously on the track.

“It dam­ages the track, es­pe­cially in the win­ter,” said Goughs Bay lo­cal Gle­nis Skin­ner.

Ms Skin­ner says that when t he walk­ing t r ack was fi r st opened there was a ‘no ve­hi­cles’ sign, and hopes that this kind of sig­nage can be res­ur­rected at the track.

“This is sup­posed to be main­tained by the shire,” said Ms Skin­ner.

“I don’t think we need to go as far as bol­lards.

“But we would cer­tainly like to see a sign that in­di­cates that this is not for ve­hi­cles.”

The Mans­field Shire’s new works co­or­di­na­tor plans to visit the sight and meet with con­cerned res­i­dents this week.

CON­CERNED RES­I­DENTS: Goughs Bay lo­cals (from left) Gle­nis Skin­ner and Co­ral Guerin in­spect tyre marks along the Goughs Bay walk­ing track.

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