Resident says bumps spell trouble for gophers


Pat Ward says bumpy paths in Midland make riding his gopher a |nightmare.  Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d451263
Pat Ward says bumpy paths in Midland make riding his gopher a |nightmare. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d451263

“I have had a lot of trouble getting my gopher between the gaps in the pavement,” Mr Ward said.

Mr Ward contacted the Reporter after he read a story about Shire of Kalamunda resident Peta Crane, who was injured when she fell from her gopher as she tried to negotiate around a car blocking the footpath.

“It is no different in the City of Swan,” Mr Ward said.

The former mining worker is in ill health and has only one leg, so is confined to his home unless he can use a gopher. He said the route on the footpath into Midland had been bad for 12 months.

Mr Ward said he had been allocated a larger gopher for heavy duty driving but said sometimes it could not negotiate the humps in the pavement and the smaller one was easier to navigate.

“It’s almost better to try to get there on the smaller gopher because it is lighter to manoeuvre even though there is a higher chance of tipping,” he said.

Mr Ward said he counted 48 bumps in the pavement near the Midland train station. He hoped the City of Swan could do more to help people who could not to walk into Midland.