Coker backs Ashbury residents’ fight
Residents of the Ashbury housing estate in Armstrong Creek have been badly let down by the City of Greater Geelong which has failed to deliver promised infrastructure and services, local Federal Member Libby Coker MP said today.
“Residents shouldn’t have to fight for basic services and facilities like walking and bike paths, playgrounds, sporting and community facilities and road traffic treatments,” Ms Coker said.
“They bought into the estate at premium prices, with promises of a high-quality community infrastructure and services. It’s evident that is not what’s being delivered. The estate already has about 600 residences.
“I’m calling on the City of Greater Geelong to explain why promised facilities and services are not being delivered in a timely way.
“I met with a group of residents recently and was dismayed by the challenges they are experiencing.
“Residents feel neglected because they are seeing other estates within Armstrong Creek receiving promised facilities while their estate is lagging. They need an explanation. They need the Council to deliver on its commitments.
“Council should have a comprehensive development implementation masterplan for the area by now. What residents have is a colour map of the area which is being called a Master Plan. Residents deserve to know when the detailed implementation master plan is coming.
“They also deserve to know why an area intended for sports ovals appears to be used as a drainage basin. They need to know how road and pedestrian safety issues are to be addressed,” Ms Coker said.
Issues of concern to residents include:
- Poor pedestrian and vehicle access from the estate to Surf Coast Highway and Barwon Heads Road
- Poor on non-existent pedestrian access to shops and schools (current footpaths end metres short and leave pedestrians walking in mud)
- School kids must walk through paddocks and along a dangerous shoulder of the narrow Boundary Road
- Boundary Road is dangerously pot-holed in places
- Barwarre Road desperately needs a walking path
- About 18 km of bike paths/lanes are yet to be built
- Ashbury Boulevard is a ‘speedway’ needing traffic and pedestrian safety treatments
- There are few of the promised facilities for kids and teenagers (newer estates already have these)
- The area designated for playing fields is a drainage swamp, snake infested and often stagnant
- Playing fields and parks were due to be completed years ago
- Council controlled grassed areas are mowed rarely
- Residents were promised in 2016 that facilities would all be completed within five years. Many have not been started.
“Most of these issues are either Council responsibilities or should be oversighted by the Council,” Ms Coker said.
“I’m hosting an on-line petition to Council on my website on behalf of residents. People in the estate and surrounding areas can register their concerns as a united voice to Council.”
The petition can be accessed by Clicking Here.