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14 Dec 2017

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A sincere thank you

It’s reassuring to know there are people in our community willing to put themselves out to care for others.

On October 20, I intended to walk to the Southern Cross complex from my home in Whiteman St, Southbank.

I passed the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and was walking across the west section of the pavement under the train overpass on the corner of Flinders and Spencer streets when the toe of my shoe caught in a crack in the pavement. Down I came, flat on my face.

My glasses penetrated skin above the left eye and there was a lot of blood. Fortunately several bystanders rushed to my aid. One, a young woman who said her name was Jasmine, told me she had first aid training.

She slowly sat me up and rested my head on her shoulder to try to stem the flow of blood – in the process getting blood all over herself. Someone else phoned an ambulance and another woman found a pack of tissues to hold on my forehead.  Two or three people waited until the ambulance arrived and Jasmine even offered to come to the hospital with me.

Ambulance officers Sarah and Sam were wonderful, too. I was taken to St Vincent’s emergency department, checked over and given stitches for the cut. At no time had I been unconscious so I was allowed home after four hours. My face was a terrible mess!

More than a month later, I am suffering the affects of whiplash and in considerable pain. But my face is almost back to normal.

I will never forget the kindness of those who assisted me. It’s wonderful to know there are people who are prepared to look after a stranger, and I sincerely thank all who came to my aid.    

Lynne Lumsden

Embarrassing isn’t it!

For residents and visitors this pedestrian bridge over the Yarra River in Spencer St (pictured below) has been closed since late 2016 (my estimate). The only noticeable change to this bridge in the 12 months is the removal or theft of a “no public access” sign.

The footbridge is privately owned by the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) who is presumably proud of its recent achievements including recording a total operating revenue of $80.1 million.

MCEC’s only achievements on the bridge crossing since it was closed in late 2016 (estimate) has been its statement to Southbank Local News that it was commissioning and conducting an engineering report to determine the maintenance works required.

The community is watching and is disappointed MCEC!

Peter Gibbs

 

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