Riled up over road­works

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By LISA THOMAS

THE City of Ned­lands has come un­der fire from busi­ness own­ers who claim there was a lack of con­sul­ta­tion about road­works on Bulimba Road and Stir­ling High­way. The group of busi­ness peo­ple say work nar­row­ing the road and chang­ing the kerb­ing has caused sig­nif­i­cant safety is­sues. Ve­randa Coastal Liv­ing own­ers Sandy and An­drew Har­vey said the changes meant cus­tomers were un­able to ac­cess the carpark safely.

Mrs Har­vey said she was now seek­ing com­pen­sa­tion from the City for loss of in­come.

“For the three months the works were hap­pen­ing peo­ple couldn’t ac­cess the park by ve­hi­cle or by foot­path and even when it was open it looked like a con­struc­tion site, so peo­ple didn’t think we were open,” she said.

“We’ve sent emails, made calls to the City to try get them to help us but no one has got back to us; there hasn’t been enough com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“We came from Clare­mont last year after be­ing there for 15 years. If I had known this was go­ing to hap­pen we wouldn’t have moved, be­cause it has im­pacted our busi­ness.”

Oa­sis Um­brella World owner Denise Clinch said the changes had also made it dan­ger­ous for ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing Bulimba Road from Stir­ling High­way.

“It’s an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen. We’ve had a num­ber of near-misses and sooner or later some­one is go­ing to get hurt,” she said.

“There’s been no com­mu­ni­ca­tion or help from their end and it’s frus­trat­ing.”

Ned­lands chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Trevaskis said the City started con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents on Stir­ling High­way in Fe­bru­ary, with feed­back on the pro­posal sought from stake­hold­ers.

“The road is not dan­ger­ous. The de­sign con­forms with Main Roads Aus­tralia stan­dards,” he said.

“The City has been li­ais­ing with the nom­i­nat­ing prop­erty own­ers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tion, who is re­spon­si­ble to li­aise with each ten­ants.

“Un­der the Lo­cal Govern­ment Act 1995, the City is not re­quired to pay com­pen­sa­tion for un­der­tak­ing road­work im­prove­ments, drainage and other au­tho­rised works.”

Mr Har­vey said he hoped the City could help pro­vide as­sis­tance to let cus­tomers know the busi­nesses were still op­er­at­ing.

“I don’t think they un­der­stand how badly this has im­pacted all the busi­nesses on the cor­ner of Stir­ling High­way and Bulimba Road,”

he said.

Pic­ture: Lisa Thomas

Denise Clinch, Sandy Har­vey, Peter Clinch and An­drew Har­vey say road­works by the City of Ned­lands have af­fected busi­ness.

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