Seasonal Almanac

Start of autumn: cold cicada chirps (4 of 5)

February 18th, 2009

Start of autumn 14 of 15There has been a non-stop flurry of public works in Thirroul since Wollongong City Council was sacked by the NSW government and replaced by administrators (in an event widely dubbed as ‘Gong-gate‘). The new library suddenly sprung up from the ground, pavements were ‘beautified’, street trees were given new tree guards, the pedestrian footpath is being converted into a new ‘bike path’….. These are all part of the Thirroul streetscape upgrade scheme.

In contrast, up the road in Austinmer one resident on Moore Street waited for Telstra to replace a hazardously missing access cover outside his house for so long that he eventually gave up and crafted one out of wood and replaced it himself. Further down the street, some residents were so jubilant about getting a new slab of concrete pavement that everyone signed their names including: Stef, Smitty, and baby Ruby.

One Response to “Start of autumn: cold cicada chirps (4 of 5)”

  1. 1 redmond
    February 20th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    And at another site further down the road a thoughful resident regularly updated a sign that counted down the number of days since some pavement work was abandoned, half completed. I can’t remember exactly, but I think it was well over three hundred days before the work was finally finished.