CBD's imperfections highlighted by scooter access

17th May 2017 2:06 PM
FOOTPATH CONCERNS: Rick McPherson's new perspective points out Caboolture CBD's imperfections. FOOTPATH CONCERNS: Rick McPherson's new perspective points out Caboolture CBD's imperfections. Luke Simmonds

WHEN a mobility scooter becomes your only mode of transport, you start seeing the world differently.

At least that's what happened to Rick McPherson when debilitating muscle weakness forced him to mostly retire his legs about a year ago.

During that time, he's noticed the streets of Caboolture need a lot of maintenance.

"I have noticed in the area (around Caboolture CBD) they seem to be filling a lot of work in with tar rather than a cement slab,” he said.

"Whether it's cheaper or not, I don't know, but it sinks into the gaps and creates a hole.

"I was more concerned for pedestrians tripping and breaking their ankle next to the road ... there are a lot of these problems around Caboolture.”

He pointed out that incomplete or poorly designed pathways at the Caboolture Railway Station and Esme Ave forced him to deviate onto the road to continue his trip and other broken or sunken footpaths in the region.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Division 3 councillor Adam Hain said he flagged the matters with council crews to investigate.

"Our crews are regularly out there inspecting and maintaining footpaths but with more than 1800km of footpaths and shared paths in our region, we encourage residents to contact council if they spot any paths that may require maintenance,” he said.

"Council has recently deployed specially equipped All-Terrain Vehicles, which are currently helping to inspect council's network of footpaths and shared paths, including those in the Caboolture CBD.

"The ATVs identify if paths have been impacted by wear and tear, tree roots or severe weather and report it immediately to council's systems so maintenance can be prioritised and scheduled.

"I'm also working closely with Caboolture Disability Support Network's Matt McCracken to help identify if any footpaths in the CBD can be made more accessible.”

The council is currently undertaking a $2 million makeover of James St and Matthew Tce.