Road to de­spair

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE -

SOUTH Yun­derup res­i­dent Robert Martin reck­ons he has com­plained to the Shire of Mur­ray about the state of a sec­tion of Culeenup Road for about 25 years.

SOUTH Yun­derup res­i­dent Robert Martin reck­ons he has com­plained to the Shire of Mur­ray about the state of a sec­tion of Culeenup Road for about 25 years.

He claims the sides of the road are shrink­ing, rain­wa­ter floods back to prop­er­ties on one side, there is no kerb­ing and no foot­path.

But worst of all are the deep pot­holes on one stretch of the road.

Mr Martin said chil­dren had fallen off their bikes, his car was dam­aged and the road was an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.

He claimed the road had not been touched for 25 years and the only ben­e­fit from pay­ing his rates was the rub­bish col­lec­tion.

Mr Martin said ev­ery time it rained, the coun­cil just shoved some tar and metal into the pot­holes with­out re­mov­ing the wa­ter.

“The holes cave in again in just a few days,’’ he said.

He said he had com­plained about the road about three times a year for the past 25 years.

Six or eight weeks ago, he took pho­tos of the pot­holes to the coun­cil, but was told there was no­body avail­able to hear his com­plaint.

“I was told the coun­cil would ring me back but they never have,’’ he said.

Shire of Mur­ray chief ex­ec­u­tive Dean Unsworth said the west­ern por­tion of Culeenup Road was on the de­sign pro­gram this fi­nan­cial year with a view to con­struc­tion be­ing con­sid­ered in the 2018-19 fi­nan­cial year.

He said the coun­cil would con­tinue with main­te­nance on the road un­til the de­sign and con­struc­tion works were co-or­di­nated.

Mr Unsworth said res­i­dents were en­cour­aged to re­port any work re­quests re­gard­ing the Shire of Mur­ray road net­works via the on­line por­tal on the Shire web­site or via tele­phone to en­able op­er­a­tions staff to un­der­take the re­quired main­te­nance ac­tiv­i­ties.

Where ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion was re­quired re­gard­ing the re­quest, of­fi­cers would li­aise with the res­i­dent to ob­tain fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, he said.

Res­i­dent Robert Martin check­ing out some of the pot­holes along Culeenup Road.

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