Leila Eades cannot travel into town because of the cracked footpath on McCahon Bridge.
Leila Eades cannot travel into town because of the cracked footpath on McCahon Bridge. Georja Ryan

Cut off from town

ALL Leila Eades wants is her independence back, but the cracked pathway along McCahon Bridge on Victoria St means she is stuck on her side of town.

Mrs Eades rides a mobility scooter to and from town from her Glennie Heights residence, with her only route via the bridge, as her scooter can't manage hills. But, with cracked cement and shattered pavers littering the pathway, Mrs Eades said she cannot cross.

"I just want to use it, I need to do my own thing and that is the only way I can get into town and it's been like that for over two weeks," she said.

"It's my independence - I'm stuck here. I even had to ask my neighbour, who I trust very much, to get me some money out of my bank account because I couldn't get to town."

She said she had spoken to the Southern Downs Regional Council a number of times, but nothing had been done.

"I rang up council and asked when it was going to be fixed and they put me onto someone else who put me onto another person who emailed someone else," she said.

The road is, however, a Transport and Main Roads issue, and a spokesperson from TMR said they were working to repair the bridge. "We're working as quickly as possible to give pedestrians, cyclists, scooters and strollers temporary access to this bridge by the end of the week," the spokesperson said.


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