Way clear for locals

A relieved and happy Monica Matthee and Rachelle Griffiths in the laneway that is being upgraded. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d410564
A relieved and happy Monica Matthee and Rachelle Griffiths in the laneway that is being upgraded. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d410564

Rachelle Griffiths has lived on the right of way for almost 10 years and has dealt with drainage issues, rubbish dumping and poor access.

The mother-of-four has a child with disabilities who has needed to go to hospital on occasions, which she said was made more difficult because of poor access to her house.

‘The main point would be the safety because I have a child with a disability, just with ambulances not being able to access the laneway and that was my real concern,’ she said.

‘We’ve had things happen with my neighbour and I just took her to the hospital because you just don’t know whether they’re going to come or not.’

Scarborough MLA Liza Harvey said she had been lobbying for years for the title of ROW 15045, east of Burniston Street between Brighton Road and Scarborough Beach Road, to be transferred from its deceased owner to the City of Stirling.

‘This is great news for the residents, as the ROW was sandy, boggy and inaccessible to vehicles,’ Mrs Harvey said. ‘It was degraded and dangerous.’

Ms Griffiths said the City of Stirling told her family they had to pay for the bitumen that needed to be laid on the ROW at their house, which cost $5000.

‘When we initially built, we had to bituminise,’ she said. ‘That was legally our responsibility and that was just one strip in front of our house.

‘If there’s bad weather or anything, we’ve had flooding’