Autumn leaves a marvel or a menace?

A LEAFY PROBLEM: Autumn leaves can be a nuisance when they fall. There has been a spectacular show on George Coates Street, Lithgow.
A LEAFY PROBLEM: Autumn leaves can be a nuisance when they fall. There has been a spectacular show on George Coates Street, Lithgow.

Falling short

IT would seem reasonable to expect government departments to show leadership when it comes to property maintenance. But in Lithgow we have a problem.

There’s the old railway booking office in Eskbank Street here the main structure was very nicely upgraded a few years ago but strangely after all that the under awning street level façade received little attention.

It was left gloomy and grubby and not a good look for our CBD. 

Toss in the fact that the under awning lights haven’t functioned property in months and the picture of neglect is complete. 

Around the corner in Main Street there’s the old Commonwealth Bank building that these days houses State Government departments. 

The under awning street frontage was never cleaned down during the renovations and is increasingly a poor advertisement, not just for our CBD, but for the state of government housekeeping.

Something’s missing

WE can’t help wondering why the national flag is not proudly flown every day at the war memorial in Lithgow’s QE Park. 

Everywhere we go the flag flies, as it should, on such memorials but it only appears intermittently here. 

Sort of detracts from the significance of the place but perhaps there’s a reason we’re not aware of.

A leafy minefield

DEPENDING on your point of view those leaves of autumn in full fall are either picturesque or a menace.

And they come into that menace category when they hide traps for the unwary on our less than perfect footpaths. There are plenty of trip hazards around our area but at least you have a fighting chance when you can see them.

Particularly risky when the leaves come down is the southern side of Railway Parade in Lithgow between Bridge and Eskbank. 

Might be a good idea to play it safe and avoid  the tree roots and raised concrete edges by walking on the shady side of the street where there no plane trees for now.