Casino footpath not a raceway
By Janelle McLennan
JULIE-ANN SILVEY wants police and the Richmond Valley Council to take immediate action against the teenage cyclists, scooter riders, and skateboarders who use the footpaths in Casino's central business district as their own personal raceway.
Her plea comes after her nine-year-old daughter, Natasha, received a broken nose when she was struck by a youth on a scooter in Walker Street over a week ago.
Mrs Silvey said Natasha and her father were walking along the footpath on their way to a school concert at the Civic Hall between 6.30-7pm when the youth came hurtling around the Royal Hotel corner, slamming into Natasha and throwing her face-first into the wall of the hotel.
Natasha was taken straight to the Casino Hospital where she was treated for a broken nose, which last week had to be realigned under general aesthetic by an ear, nose and throat specialist.
"It would have been much worse if the kid had run into an elderly person," Mrs Silvey said. "An elderly person taking the hit that Natasha got would have ended up in hospital."
Mrs Silvey wanted to know why young people were allowed to get away with riding bicycles, scooters and skateboards on the footpaths when signs on the footpaths clearly indicated it was prohibited.
"Why aren't the police or the council doing something about these kids?" she said.
"If something's not done soon an elderly person's going to get hit, and if that happens it'll be really serious."