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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 25th 2009
www.innerwestweekly.com.au THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST westfield.com.au/burwood Receive your FREE $10 Ella Rouge voucher when you buy a $100 Westfield Gift Card Just who is responsible? NO ONE is claiming respons- ibility for the streets of Rhodes Waterside. Canada Bay Council insisted the roads and parks are still private property so it had no jurisdiction over the precinct. Mirvac says it only has res- ponsibility for its own sites. Previous owners Walker Cor- poration claims it handed over responsibility on March 6 to Canada Bay Council. The council now says its own- ership is yet to be ratified. Access few areas Mathew Kennedy is angry there are no parking police around Rhodes. Picture: BRENT McGILVARY ~PP258285 FIONA BRADY Should drivers be more conscious of disabled people? Tell us your concerns at www.innerwestweekly.com.au A DISABLED dad has hit out at selfish motorists who are parking in front of access ramps and walkways in Rhodes. Mathew Kennedy has had two accidents while trying to navigate up and down gutters in his manual wheelchair, leaving him with broken and dislocated fingers. Thankfully, the stay-at-home dad did not have his four-month- old daughter Sarai strapped to his chest on either occasion. But the furious father said it was ''just a matter of time'' before he has another accident -- and the next time Sarai could be hurt. He wants to see all streets in Rhodes Waterside area policed by parking inspectors, which does not happen currently because some of the roads are still in private ownership. In the first accident, which happened in December, Mr Kennedy hurt his arm and dislo- cated a finger when his wheelchair toppled over, while some watching workmen laughed. In his second fall, in February, he broke a finger. A chronic medical condition means Mr Kennedy is particularly vulnerable to broken bones. Both of his recent accidents were caused when he was forced to mount high pavements because the access kerbs were blocked. He said he had tried to reason with thoughtless motorists, but to no avail. ''I've put notes on the car saying 'you are not allowed to park in this area', and the very next day they park there again,'' he said. ''Or they throw the note on the ground and litter the place. ''They don't care.'' Mr Kennedy said he had com- plained about the issue to Canada Bay Council and Mirvac, but both denied responsibility. When the Inner-West Weekly contacted the developer Mirvac, a spokeswoman said Mirvac was not responsible as the roads were still owned by the previous developer, Walker Corporation. However, in its statement, Walker Corporation said it had handed over responsibility for roads and parks to Canada Bay Council after a final site inspec- tion on March 6. But Canada Bay Council argued the contrary, saying that, although an agreement had been reached, the council would not have legal ownership until a sub- division certificate had been lodged with the Land Titles Office. However, in a last-minute state- ment, the council said it would take responsibility for upgrading and maintaining the roads in the interim. It is not known whether this will include policing parking.
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