Elderly seeking footpath, to help get their walking frames off a busy road

RESIDENTS' WALK OF SHAME: Rangeview Private Nursing Home residents such as Norma Lappin (right) are upping the ante on the Rural City of Wangaratta council to build them a footpath in Mason Street. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

A MASON Street resident believes it’s only a matter of time before a pedestrian is killed along her road.

With no footpath, residents of Rangeview Private Nursing Home – with walking frames in hand – currently have to navigate their way on the shoulder of Mason Street to attend the nearby hotel.

Neighbor Cheryl Robl fears an elderly person will be hit by a car, or fall into a deep drain adjacent to the roadside.

She has battled to get a footpath since moving to the area three years ago, and has again called on the Rural City of Wangaratta council to include the upgrade in its 2013-14 capital works budget.

“I walk down this road and I get quite nervous about the traffic and I’m always fearful that someone from the home is going to get hit,” Ms Robl said this week.

“We need council to do something before we do have a death there.

“It is too dangerous for the elderly, and council don’t seem to want to know about us here.”

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