Rosemarie Cherry is worried that some maps of Tucabia fall short of the mark.
Rosemarie Cherry is worried that some maps of Tucabia fall short of the mark.

Tucabia off the map?



AN Ulmarra woman is concerned that mapping errors could lead to potentially life-threatening delays in emergency service workers reaching her ageing mother.

Mrs Rosemarie Cherry said she first became concerned about the maps when her late father, who was suffering from cancer, raised the possibility of delays in getting to his Tucabia home.

At the time Mrs Cherry was living at Copmanhurst.

"He said it could be quicker for me to get to his house from Copmanhurst because ambulances could get lost," she said.

"So I would come in from Copmanhurst when he needed to go to hospital."

Now, with her mother getting older, she would like the problem fixed.

"Some of the roads that are marked on the map aren't there and it could take ambulances a lot longer to get there," she said.

"There are a couple of streets marked on the map that aren't there at all."

She said if ambulances or other emergency services arrived at the village in the middle of the night and attempted to negotiate their way by maps, there could be costly time delays.

A spokesman for Grafton ambulance said he was not aware of any problems with Tucabia patients, arising from any mapping issue.

He said ambulance officers sometimes asked residents to wave them down to save time and confusion.

"Most of the time it is not a problem," he said.

The maps used by the emergency services are produced by Southern Cross Directories.

Spokesman Charles Barton said if people found any problems with maps they should fax the necessary changes to 9012 0711.

"We are updating that area now," he said.



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