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18 NT NEWS. Tuesday, July 30, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 3 0 -J U L -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 1 8 C O L O R : C M Y K The Fixer NEED SOMETHING FIXED? CALL DAMO ON 8944 9750 with Damo McCartney firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on twitter @ NTNTheFixer WALLOF SHAME WHAT: Therewere once bins at this bus stop on the Stuart Highway atWinnellie. Not anymore. A business owner has now put bins there out of his own pocket to stop people littering out the front. WHOS RESPONSIBLE: Transport departments Lesley Major. CONTACT: (08) 8924 7287 WHAT: A sprinkler or something has busted in the Wanguri Park, soaking the ground by the playground, turning it intomud. WHOS RESPONSIBLE: Darwin council general manager for infrastructure Luccio Cercarelli. CONTACT: (08) 8930 0581 WHAT: A typo on a State Square sign pointing to Chan Contempoary Art Space. WHOS RESPONSIBLE: Legislative Assembly NT Building and Property Management director, Bill Fryar. CONTACT: (08) 8946 1410 WHAT: A playground at the Marlow Lagoon recreation area has been fenced off to kids for months. WHOS RESPONSIBLE: Palmerston council director of technical services, Mark Spangler. CONTACT: (08) 8935 9951 WALLOF FAME WHAT: A streetlight on the corner of Bauer Cres and Manunda Tce, Karama, has been flickering on and off. WHOS RESPONSIBLE: PowerWaters power networks acting general manager, John Greenwood. CONTACT: (08) 8924 5400 Is this a mountain or a molehill? Whatever it is, it needs fixing Tree-mendous trouble at root of footpath problem GET IT FIXED WHAT: This is a busted footpath on Knuckey St, Darwin City. Cause? Tree roots. Large tree roots. Probably not the roots actually, but thewhole bloody tree. Fix it. WHOS RESPONSIBLE: Darwin council general manager for infrastructure Luccio Cercarelli. CONTACT: (08) 8930 0581 I stepped on the pointed corner and my foot slipped THIS is the week of the footpath. Wikipedia says: footpath (also pedestrian way, walking trail, nature trail) is a type of thoroughfare that is intended primarily for use by pedestrians, but not other forms of traffic such as motorised vehicles and horseback. They can be paths within an urban area that offer more expedient or safer routes, or rural paths, such as a trail through the countryside. The Fixer found it somewhat amusing that some one had taken the time to write a Wikipedia entry for footpaths. He then felt down because no-one has taken the time to write one about him. Sigh. Anyway, this path is on Knuckey St, Darwin City, and its a little bit busted. It has been earth punched by the almighty tree that, perhaps, shouldnt be there at all. Knuckey St worker Grace said she nearly found herself on her back staring at the sky after getting out of a friends car last week. She said she did not notice the state of the footpath as she got out, and blindly stepped out like normal. I stepped on the pointed corner and my foot slipped straight off, she said. Luckily, I was still half in the car, and I fell straight backwards back into the car. There is a paystation right next to the crack, meaning anyone parking below it has to navigate their way over it to get to the station. Either that or they park on the road, and numpties rocket down that hill. Anyway, council, please get on it. Roger. Danger on the rise A section of footpath or a skateboard ramp? GET IT FIXED WHAT: This is a busted footpath on Lakeside Drive, Alawa. Cause? Tree roots. Fix it, dammit. WHOS RESPONSIBLE: Darwin council general manager for infrastructure Luccio Cercarelli. CONTACT: (08) 8930 0581 CONTINUING our dodgy footpath theme this week is this baby on Lakeside Drive, outside the Scout Hall. This is one of The Fixers own problems and it is getting worse. The Fixer jogs along this stretch of road and while these tree roots arent yet likely to break someones ankle, theyre an inconvenience and will become more dangerous down the track. Theyre protruding through the surface about 5cm and theyre wide enough apart you can step through them. But they disrupt your run, man. It is possible that if you land on one, you could roll your ankle. But you would do a good job to injure yourself spectacularly. So, Darwin council, before it gets to the stage where the surface is broken like the Elrundie Ave footpaths are, lets just get it done now.