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Persistent puddle needs to go

A LARGE puddle that accumulates in front of shops on River Drive in Tarwin Lower has been causing problems for tenants for many years now, made worse by recent persistent rain.

Annie Roylance works at Terry White Chemist and said numerous calls to the South Gippsland Shire Council to have the problem fixed have resulted in the provision of two ‘watch your step’ signs.

Ms Roylance said the council has allocated funds for capital works in Tarwin Lower in this year’s budget, but it is unclear whether this issue is earmarked for repair.

“There is no drainage, it is just disgusting and when the water goes, we are left with mud that we have to sweep up,” she said.

“They (council) should be the one’s coming down and putting the signs out every morning, not us.”

Michael Chizzoniti from Chizza’s Scizzors said council has indicated they would do something about the drainage issue, but not until after winter.

“It is a mess, it should never have been allowed to get like this in the first place,” he said.

“It has been an ongoing problem. It is a health issue and an occupational health and safety issue.”

Mr Chizzoniti said negotiating the water can be hard for customers, many of whom are elderly, with the water often coming to within 30 centimetres of his shop entrance.

“It is beyond a joke and something needs to be done. We are sick of hearing excuses more than anything else,” he said.

“If it rains enough, people can’t even use the footpath and walk undercover, because it is underwater. I would hate to see someone fall over.”

Ms Roylance said as a Tarwin resident, she has seen the water so high in the past that people are simply unable to access the shops from the front.

“If people are visitors to the area, or are coming down here to look at a house, the flooded shop front is one of the first things they will see,” she said.

“It all needs to be redone. Our posts are rotting, the paving is terribly dangerous and the design is dreadful,” she said.

Ms Roylance said people have reported the problem with the flooding as far back as 2005.

“It is too long for something like this to go on. It is like the council doesn’t care about Tarwin at all,” she said.

“The toilet block has recently been upgraded, but that isn’t for permanent residents, we don’t need to use the public toilets.

“Our rates are so high and all we get is rubbish collection. That’s it.”

Too much: Michael Chizzoniti and Annie Roylance have shops on River Drive in Tarwin Lower, which in wet weather are impacted by a large puddle.

Too much: Michael Chizzoniti and Annie Roylance have shops on River Drive in Tarwin Lower, which in wet weather are impacted by a large puddle.

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