Seniors left to battle it out
THE seniors don't stop when rain comes to town, but their wheelchairs do.
The drop-off zone at the Senior Citizens Centre is currently in Guy St, metres from the centre's doors, which means when it's raining, the seniors have to walk through the rain, and those with wheelchairs and walkers have to plough through the mud.
Senior Citizens president Joe Owens has applied for funding to have a wider driveway built and a covered landing area.
"We want to concrete it out to the road, so the bus can drive in up to the door," Mr Owens said.
The application for funding has been submitted to the council and Mr Owens said their response was positive.
"Council has been totally on side," he said.
"Ross Bartley has said we should be first cab off the rank for regional grant money."
Deputy Mayor Ross Bartley said a sheltered set-down, pick-up point was a great idea.
"They have been talking with council for quite a while, and now they've got a design and hopefully will have the costing drawn up soon," Cr Bartley said.
He said for the funding to be allocated to the Senior Citizens, they needed to have everything ready to go on paper.
"They have to literally be shovel-ready, and I think they are," Cr Bartley said.
"These guys are very good at what they do and at looking after the elderly population of our community."
If the funding was allocated to the project, Mr Owens said he would like to get local contractors to carry out the work .
The path will be widened and met with a shelter so busses can drive to the door to drop people off.