A jogger who smashed her face after falling on the breakwater has called on Warrnambool City Council authorities to do something about the unsafe surface.
Marathon runner Monica Dimech, 47, lives in Stanley Street and regularly runs along the breakwater as part of her 25-kilometre training route.
She was jogging along the breakwater about 5.30pm last Thursday when she tripped, fell and hit her chin.
“I was going for a run up to the end of the breakwater,” Mrs Dimech told The Standard.
“I got about three-quarters of the way up and the next thing I knew I was head first into the road.
“I didn’t even have time to brace myself.
“The surface is uneven and loose. I just tripped, stumbled.
“I didn’t have time to put my arms out, but I must have made some effort to save myself at the last second because they are all stiff and sore as well.”
Mrs Dimech said her chin hit the gravel surface.
“I’ve still got a headache today,” she said.
“I sat up and put my hand to my chin. There was blood everywhere.
“I was more worried about my head.
“There was an older couple who heard me fall and they came and helped.
“I don’t know who they were but I would like to thank them.
“The man helped me and said I didn’t need stitches. They walked me back to the start of the breakwater.
“I had my phone with me and rang my husband, Mark, who came and picked me up.
“I didn’t go to hospital, I just wanted to go home.”
The runner, who trains three or four times a week, said she never thought she would suffer such extensive bruising.
“Thursday night it was all just aching and the skin was so tight,” Mrs Dimech said.
“I had no idea I would finish like this. I’m bright purple. I’ve never fallen before.
“I would like the area to be safe for all users.
“There’s a lot of people who walk and run along the breakwater.
“It’s one of the most used public walkways in Warrnambool.”
Mrs Dimech said the breakwater surface was dangerous because it was uneven and some of the surface was loose gravel.
“Something really does have to be done,” she said.
Warrnambool City Council chief executive officer Bruce Anson said the council managed the breakwater area under contract with the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure, which was the controlling body for ports.
“They give us funding for maintenance. I think it’s something like $90,000 a year for the entire port area,” Mr Anson told The Standard.
“We can’t do anything without it being approved and funded by the department.”