The impending closure of a tiny, graffiti marked Katherine East laneway is going to make life much harder for a nearby disabled resident.
Jennifer Milne has relied on a mobility scooter and a laneway near her house to get into town for the past three years.
The route may have been marred by uneven, potholed pavement, but it's not nearly as bad as the route she will have to take following a life-changing council decision.
"I am already limited to where I can go, and now I will have to take a far more dangerous path," she said.
"I fear for my life."
Last month, a unanimous council vote ended a five year pursuit by Ms Milne's neighbour to see the Katherine East laneway, considered to be a magnet for antisocial behaviour, closed for good.
He claimed he didn't feel safe at home after years of torment from trouble-makers passing through.
The decision was made despite two objection letters from Ms Milne outlining the "severe impact" the closure would have on her ability to safely access the shops and services in town.
She says the trip will take her an extra 10 minutes in the baking sun and will force her to negotiate busy roads, unreliable and inconsistent footpaths and many more driveways.
"If I get hit by a car reversing out of the driveway I am not protected and I can't always ride on the footpath as cars are either blocking it, or it is too bumpy to go over," she said.
"They have big gaps, they are not a consistent height and if you make one mistake and you go off the footpath you will get hurt."
The laneway cuts through Hibiscus Court and provides quick access to a school and local store as well as the town.
The closure of the trouble-bound laneway was shut down just a few years ago after it was noted many students use it to get to and from school.
"This impacts on a lot of residents," Ms Milne said.
"But council had their mind made up from the get go."
She says a lack of consultation with the Hibiscus Court residents and people with disabilities has left many in the lurch.
"It is a well used area, and there has been complete disregard for a democratic process."
A Katherine Town Council spokeswoman said, "community consultation was open for 28 days advertised on various sources."
Navigating uneven and unmaintained paths in Katherine are not the only barriers people with disabilities deal with on a daily basis to participation in normal life, Ms Milne said.
"Access is a much wider issue than the one laneway," she said.
"At the end of the day the town hasn't been planned with disability in mind.
"Crossing roads is a difficulty, cars park across paths in their driveways, so I have to ride on the road.
"Multiple stores don't have wheelchair accessibility... we get abuse on the pedestrian crossings or cars that don't even stop."
During peak tourist season Katherine's car parks are notoriously overcrowded, and despite clear signage disability parking spaces are snatched up by people without permits, Ms Milne said.
She said she has often had to turn around and head home, miss appointments or a shopping trip, because the spaces have been filled.
"It escalates the trauma of doing what non-disabled people take for granted everyday," she said.
Living on a disability support pension she said taxi's are far too expensive to get to the areas in town - Crawford Street, the Katherine Showgrounds - that don't have paths at all.
The council spokeswoman confirmed disability parking is inspected by rangers, "however, we encourage the community to contact us if there is someone breaching the law."
"The community's feedback is important to Katherine Town Council if there are any paths that need to be brought to the council please contact council via email, phone or popping down to the Civic Centre," she said.
It is not yet known when the closure of the laneway will take place.
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