Mandurah Terrace elderly residents fear for safety over driveway neglect

Safety issue: Residents at a Mandurah Terrace unit complex believe their driveway is dangerous and unfit for gofer users. Photo: Google Maps.
Safety issue: Residents at a Mandurah Terrace unit complex believe their driveway is dangerous and unfit for gofer users. Photo: Google Maps.

Mandurah Terrace resident Lynne Willis said the residents at her unit complex feel neglected by their landlord, being forced to come in and out of the complex through a dangerous driveway.

According to Ms Willis, most of the residents are elderly people who rely on a mobility scooter to move around and feel that the current driveway is not suitable for gofers.

She said there is currently a dip and a bump on the pavement which taken the wrong way could end up with a resident following over in busy Mandurah Terrace.

Ms Willis said that the residents had contacted both the council and their landlord, the Department of Housing, but nothing had been done to help the situation.

When asked for comment a spokeswoman from the City of Mandurah said that the dip and hump was located on private land, and it was up to the Department of Housing to fix the issue.

Department of Housing manager Greg Cash said it was located at the boundary of the City of Mandurah property and the Department would discuss the issue with the City before any changes are made.

However, he believed that the driveway was wide enough for mobility scooters to avoid the hump.

“The driveway at the complex is five metres wide,” Mr Cash said.

“The hump is due to the positioning of a storm water sump at the bottom of the driveway, with the centre of the drive sloped into the sump.

“There is approximately one metre on each side of the driveway which has a very slight slope and appears suitable for mobility scooters.”