Road, camp vie for Crown cash
Wednesday, 20th March, 2013
By Kurtis J Eichler
The dangerous road leading to the Miners Memorial could be repaired using royalties from Crown Lands.
City Council is in talks with the government body about the best way to spend royalties obtained for looking after the Willyama Common.
Councillors will vote tonight on whether to build a proposed "primitive camping" area at the Living Desert with the cash.
They are proposing to put 15 camping sites plus two parking areas on the 12-hectare site inside the 2400 hectare Living Desert.
A single story manager's residence, amenities building, shade shelters, rubbish bins and signs will also be built.
The road leading to the Miners Memorial and Broken Earth Cafe is riddled with 30cm-deep pot holes, crumbling away at the edges and has large bumps in the road.
Historian Paul Armstrong said fixing Federation Way deserved high priority.
"We've already got Penrose Park as a primitive camp site in the region and that has a history of over 100 years," Mr Armstrong said.
He labelled the state of the road as "horrendous".
"It can be dangerous if a rather large vehicle or bus goes up it.
"We'd hate to see a bad accident up there because we're sitting on our hands."
A Crown Lands spokesman said it was in talks with council about funding for Federation Way.
"Crown Lands have discussed with council its proposal to build an ablutions block at the Living Desert primitive camping ground.
"At the same time, discussions are ongoing about the need to upgrade the Federation Way.
"A possible means of funding both needs has been discussed but there are no firm commitments from either party at this stage."
The road was handed over to Crown Lands in 2010 after the Line of Lode Association went into administration.
Crown Lands also own the Broken Earth Cafe and Miners Memorial.