Sister Clara Condon and Angela Turvey at the footpath in Kingscliff where they both injured themsleves. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News
Sister Clara Condon and Angela Turvey at the footpath in Kingscliff where they both injured themsleves. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News Nolan Verheij-full

Nun, 84, among victims of a dangerous Kingscliff path

AN 84-YEAR-old nun and a grandmother are among the victims of a dangerous Kingscliff path that is claimed to trip up an average of four people each month.

Sister Clara Condon, who lives at St Anthony's Parish, tripped on an uneven part of the footpath in December, after morning mass.

"My face got it. I stayed on the ground. I didn't know what happened, and a passerby gave me first aid," she said.

The sister said she was tended to by a nurse who lived nearby who cleaned the blood off her face.

Refusing an ambulance, Sister Condon was taken by the parish's business manager Paul Crouch to her Robina GP.

The nurse and her husband, who did not want to be named, told the Tweed Daily News they have tended to dozens of residents who have fallen in the same spot.

Local caravan park resident Angela Turvey, 69, had to go to her doctor after she tripped on the path last month.

"I had a cut nose, cut mouth, and hurt my right arm, swollen hand and sore knees," she said.

"It was just so painful, and I'm still scarred on my nose."

Both Sister Condon and Mrs Turvey complained to Tweed Shire Council, prompting the council to highlight bumps in the footpath with yellow paint.

"The issue has previously been reported to council. Council officers have inspected the affected area and officers have determined that a repair was necessary," said the council's director of engineering David Oxenham.

"Prior to leaving the site, officers highlighted the affected path with spray paint to warn pedestrians of the potential danger."

The council blamed a lack of resources for not having ground down bumps in the footpaths yet.

"The council has a substantial network of footpaths and cycleways which it has limited resources to maintain," Mr Oxenham said.

"As there are many issues like this throughout the shire, and council is unable to repair all of these immediately, the repairs to this footpath have been scheduled to occur by early September."

But Sister Condon and Mrs Turvey fear that will be too late. "I saw a man walking with a baby carrier in the same spot," Mrs Turvey said.

"If that man fell with that baby, they wouldn't stand a chance."



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