Not so super

A GROUP of White Gum Valley residents say noise from a run-down laneway next to their houses has become unbearable but they’re getting little help from Fremantle council.

Tim Punch says his stretch of Lois Lane between Minilya Avenue and Carrington Street doesn’t live up to the promise of its cutesy name thanks to large potholes, loose gravel and extra traffic.

“We hear the cars drive by and the splash of the water and the tinkle of the rocks on the fence and the thump, thump, thump as they go over the potholes,” Mr Punch says.

“We’ve been trying to get it resurfaced for three or four years since they upgraded the units and the shops here.”

• Tim Punch and Joyce Allen say the noise from a run-down laneway next to their houses has become unbearable. Photo by Steve Grant

Mr Punch says with more deliveries going to the nearby cafe and shops, the disruption starts earlier and goes later than previously.

The council’s attempted patches are pretty futile; Mr Punch points out the most recent which lasted less than two months before rains started to break the asphalt down. He says last year council engineers told him the right of way would be fixed up this year. “I was happy to hear that, then when they did the potholes this year I called them and they said ‘sorry, we don’t have any money and it will not be until next year’.”

Picking up on The West Australian’s recent attacks on Fremantle council and mayor Brad Pettitt, Mr Punch and neighbour Joyce Allen said they were angry the council was spending time and resources on state and federal issues such as changing the date of Australia Day or giving the city dual indigenous names while their laneway crumbled.

“The city is so dirty,” Ms Allen said.

“If I go into the city, I have to shower when I get home because I feel dirty.”

The council acknowledges the lane upgrade missed the cut in this year’s budget, but had a different slant on why.

“A housing development that is currently underway on Lois Lane has meant it made sense to delay the resurfacing work as construction vehicles required access and could have potentially damaged the road surface,” the council told the Herald in a release.

“In the meantime the city’s maintenance crews have already done an assessment of the condition of the laneway and short-term repairs will be undertaken.”

The council says the upgrade will be made a priority next year.


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