Out­rage over war me­mo­rial

Res­i­dents call on coun­cil to up­grade main­te­nance of the town’s ‘pride and joy’

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS -

FRUS­TRATED lo­cals liv­ing near The Caves are fi­nally see­ing some re­sults af­ter speak­ing out about the state of their war me­mo­rial, sur­round­ing gar­dens, lawns and nearby toi­lets.

Ru­ral land­holder Gra­ham Miller, 73, who was born and bred in the re­gion and re­sides nearby in Mil­man, be­came a vo­cal critic of the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing state of the fa­cil­i­ties af­ter the orig­i­nal gar­den­ing and main­te­nance man was re­placed about six months ago.

“The ceno­taph was the pride and joy of this lit­tle town­ship. The guy that was do­ing it lost his job and they put a con­trac­tor on,” Mr Miller said.

He said the man used to come in and mow, water the grass, prune the shrubs, clean the toi­lets and main­tain the ceno­taph.

“They don’t seem to have the will to do it as good as what he did it, it’s not main­tained as well as what it was.

“The grass is dy­ing and the toi­lets are dirty and the gar­dens don’t get main­tained like they used to.”

Mr Miller said since the lo­cal pub had been putting out a sign next to the high­way to at­tract tourists, peo­ple hav­ing a break from driv­ing and work­ers to come in for smoko, there had been an in­crease in de­mand on the fa­cil­i­ties that were no longer “up to scratch”.

Mr Miller said he had emailed Coun­cil­lor Glenda Mather three weeks ago re­quest­ing as­sis­tance with the is­sue and she had re­sponded, com­ing in to re­move dead plants and water the area a fort­night ago.

Since The Morn­ing Bul­letin ap­proached the Liv­ing­stone Shire Coun­cil re­gard­ing the com­plaints, there have been nu­mer­ous re­ported sight­ings of water trucks pro­vid­ing hy­dra­tion to the parched veg­e­ta­tion and a green tinge is creep­ing back.

Liv­ing­stone Shire Coun­cil re­sponded to the com­plaints re­gard­ing the changes to the stew­ard­ship of the area.

“In this in­stance the cur­rent ar­range­ments were com­ing to an end and in ac­cor­dance with cur­rent pro­cure­ment guide­lines Coun­cil went to mar­ket to ob­tain best value for money,” a coun­cil spokesper­son said.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the in­cum­bents were not in a po­si­tion to meet all of Coun­cil’s con­tract re­quire­ments in­clud­ing ap­pro­pri­ate in­sur­ances.

“The con­trac­tors that have been ap­pointed cur­rently ser­vice Coun­cil ameni­ties be­tween Emu Park and Kep­pel Sands and have been ap­pointed to ser­vice The Caves two times per week and Yaamba three times per week.”

They said coun­cil staff had com­menced on­go­ing on-site in­spec­tions to en­sure that ex­pected stan­dards were be­ing achieved.

“In re­gards to the wa­ter­ing of the gar­den beds in Buch Square, the cur­rent use of a water truck is an in­terim mea­sure un­til Coun­cil gets a com­mu­nity-minded per­son in the area to help with such,” they said.

“Coun­cil has held pre­lim­i­nary dis­cus­sions with the com­mu­nity at The Caves and be­lieves it can find a long-term so­lu­tion.”

The grass is dy­ing and the toi­lets are dirty and the gar­dens don’t get main­tained like they used to.

— Gra­ham Miller


SIGNS OF PROGRESS: Gra­ham Miller at the Ceno­taph at The Caves.

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