Overgrown school bus stop at Strathfieldsaye sparks concern

HAZARD: The bus stop Carrie Morgan felt compelled to mow because of overgrown grass.

HAZARD: The bus stop Carrie Morgan felt compelled to mow because of overgrown grass.

A RESIDENT has taken it upon herself to mow chest-height grass surrounding the bus stop used by her son and other children with special needs, frustrated by a lack of response to her queries.

Carrie Morgan said the overgrown grass on Tannery Lane at Strathfieldsaye had obstructed the spot where children from Kalianna and the Bendigo Special Development School waited for their school bus each morning.

Ms Morgan said she contacted the City of Greater Bendigo up to two weeks ago, but despite being told an effort would be made to discover which agency was responsible for maintenance of the site, she had received no further information.

So on Monday she took her own lawnmower to the site.

“It had to be done, it was just ridiculous,” she said.

Snakes were a concern, she said, and the children did not like walking through the grass.

Ms Morgan said she understood weather conditions had put the council behind in its slashing program, but she was frustrated by the lack of assistance.

City of Greater Bendigo parks and natural reserves manager Debbie Wood said the council had received a request for that area and had prioritised it to be slashed by crews at the weekend.

Ms Wood said if the council received a request for an area and it was deemed to be a safety hazard, it would be prioritised.

She appealed to the public for patience as the council tried to catch up with its slashing program, having been delayed by wet weather and facing “unprecedented growth”.

But she said the council was confident contractors were close to being back on track.

Department of Education and Training spokesman Alex Munro confirmed in most cases, local councils were responsible for the maintenance of school bus stops.

Ms Morgan said long grass had never been an issue in the three years she had been living in the area, so she put it down to the significant rain experienced in recent months.