Blood boils over scripts



WHEN Dunbible resident Ann Blake read Tweed Shire councillors will suddenly spend $45,000 on a copy of transcripts from the public inquiry into the way they operate, her blood boiled.

Mrs Blake has battled since late last year for the Council to build a pathway suitable for wheelchairs from Tweed Heads Hospital to the Tweed River foreshore.

It's a project she believes would cost as little as $3000.

The pathway would replace the current dirt track where nurses and carers struggle to push the wheelchairs of recuperating hospital patients who are advised by the doctors the sea breeze and sunshine should be part of their rehabilitations.

But she has been repeatedly told the project will have to wait until as no funds are available in the Council's current budget.

Mrs Blake's battle for the pathway began after she took ill last year and fell into a coma in Tweed Heads Hospital.

As she recovered her doctor recommended wheelchair outings on the riverbank and she took pity on those who struggled to push her along the dirt track from Keith Compton Drive to a Council park on the foreshore.

"If I could have, I would've got out of the wheelchair and helped them push," she said.

"At the moment there's just a scrubbed out bit of dirt where people have been walking."

Mrs Blake's husband Anthony wrote to the Council early in December attaching a rough diagram drawn by one of the hospital nurses suggesting the best location for the path.

He was told: "Currently funds are not available for such work however it is planned to construct a cycleway in the reserve in the next financial year subject to funding."

Mrs Blake doesn't believe wheelchair-bound patients and their carers should face that uncertainty or that wait when councillors can suddenly find $45,000.



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