The need for urgent repair of Peninsula roads is again in the spotlight after a Woy Woy pensioner suffered concussion and other serious injuries following a fall on uneven road surfaces late last year.
Ms Shirley Harrison suffered her injuries after a fall late in 2017 outside the Woy Woy South Public School. She was assisted by passers-by who regarded the injuries as so severe that an ambulance was called to take her to hospital. The extent of the injuries required Ms Harrison to remain in hospital overnight.
The incident has been described by Labor Candidate for Robertson Anne Charlton as just another example that roads on the Peninsula are in need of urgent repair and governments at all levels need to act now to minimise the risk of further injury to motorists and pedestrians.
Ms Harrison has since spoken of the impact of the incident on her independence.
“I spent weeks recovering from my injuries including cuts to my knees and I suffered horrible scarring to my face”, said Ms Harrison.
“The incident has broken my confidence and threatened my independence. I am now afraid to leave my home without accompaniment because our roads are a serious safety risk.”
Ms Harrison later contacted Council about the incident and her concerns about the maintenance and safety of local roads in general.
Labor Candidate for Robertson, Anne Charlton decried the state of the roads on the Peninsula and warned that Ms Harrison’s story isn’t unique.
“The condition of some of roads on the Peninsula makes it incredibly difficult for residents to walk safely down their own streets”, said Ms Charlton.
“There has been a serious failure of all tiers of government to fix roads across the Peninsula and ensure residents feel safe when travelling around our community.”
“I wrote to the Mayor Jane Smith about Ms Harrison’s incident and directed the Mayor’s attention to the poor state of local roads,” said Ms Charlton.
Labor has called on Local Member, Lucy Wicks, the NSW Liberal State Government and Central Coast Council to urgently allocate more funding to the poor state of the roads on the Peninsula.