No light at end of lane

Stirling Times - - News - Kate Leaver

NOLLAMARA res­i­dents are fed up with drug use, dumped rub­bish and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in a laneway and want the City of Stir­ling to in­stall light­ing.

Pied­mont Court res­i­dent Tel­isha Rhodes said the laneway was the only di­rect ac­cess path­way to the lo­cal shop­ping cen­tre and drug users reg­u­larly used the laneway to shoot up, re­sult­ing in dumped sy­ringes and vi­o­lence.

“We’ve been liv­ing here for a year-and-a-half and it’s been like this from the word go,” she said.

“It is con­stant; my 10-year-old son had peo­ple sling­shot­ting him with rocks and he’s re­ally cau­tious about go­ing out­side now.”

Ms Rhodes said res­i­dents wanted light­ing in­stalled in the laneway as a de­ter­rent and for safety.

De­spite 10 com­plaints this year, the City re­fused to in­stall light­ing be­cause it was con­sid­ered one of the “least prob­lem­atic” ac­cess ways in the area.

Stir­ling chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Jar­dine said a night-time site visit showed street lights ad­e­quately lit the 60m laneway from both ends.

“There is no ob­struc­tive veg­e­ta­tion, there are no re­cesses to pro­vide con­ceal­ment and the streets are ad­e­quately lit at both ends,” he said.

Mr Jar­dine said there were “no ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances that would jus­tify the in­stal­la­tion of ad­di­tional in­ter­me­di­ate light­ing ahead of many oth­ers”.

Mor­ley MLA Am­ber-Jade San­der­son said she was dis­ap­pointed with the City’s re­sponse and had met 15 res­i­dents about the laneway.

“The City of Stir­ling is spend­ing around $23 mil­lion on a swim­ming pool in Scar­bor­ough and they don’t want to spend the money in Nollamara,” she said.

“How bad does it have to get? I’ve had two res­i­dents email me and say they are think­ing of leav­ing the street.

“Th­ese res­i­dents pay their rates like the peo­ple in Scar­bor­ough, like the peo­ple in North Beach; they de­serve the same kind of treat­ment that other ar­eas of the City if Stir­ling get and frankly they don’t get it.”

Ms San­der­son said she would meet Mirra­booka po­lice and the City of Stir­ling in com­ing weeks.

Mirra­booka Se­nior Sergeant Neil Morton-Smith said po­lice were aware of the laneway and were dis­cussing op­tions with the City.

Pic­ture: Kate Leaver

Pied­mont Court res­i­dents Sam Smith, Tel­isha Rhodes and Belinda Stagoll are con­cerned about anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in a nearby laneway.

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