Lack of street­lights sparks safety fears

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News | Times - De­clan Bush

Brook­field res­i­dents have re­newed fears a lack of street light­ing be­tween the es­tate and Bood­jidup Road round­about makes the area un­safe for walk­ers and cy­clists.

Res­i­dents have raised fears the un­lit path could lead to in­juries for peo­ple go­ing be­tween Brook­field and the Mar­garet River town site.

Brook­field res­i­dent Chris Carlsen told the Times the lack of light­ing was un­safe.

“It’s just such a dan­ger­ous area, espe­cially that walk­way,” he said.

“That area’s so pitch black at night — there’s po­ten­tial for ac­ci­dents to hap­pen.”

Mr Carlsen said young women walk­ing to Brook­field af­ter nights out in town were also at risk be­cause of the area’s seclu­sion.

Mar­garet River res­i­dent Greg Fisher shares Mr Carlsen’s con­cerns about the area.

“It’s just treach­er­ous at the best of times,” he said. “There’s a huge dog-leg bit. “It’s pitch black at night.” Mr Fisher said in­stalling light­ing could be dif­fi­cult be­cause of tree cover, but even light­ing half of the area would make it safer.

Brook­field res­i­dent Darrell Clout­man said he had strug­gled for two years to get bro­ken street­lights on the Bood­jidup round­about fixed. “They def­i­nitely need more light­ing along that foot­path, or (to) put a foot­path close to the road,” he said.

Mr Clout­man said it was un­likely any works could be done to im­prove light­ing un­til road­works be­tween Rapids Land­ing and Brook­field were fin­ished.

Sim­i­lar con­cerns were raised on so­cial me­dia, with some ob­servers sug­gest­ing a Frack Off-style celebrity con­cert be held to force ac­tion on the is­sue.

Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said Main Roads did not have a record of past calls for street light­ing on that stretch of Bus­sell High­way, and said the mat­ter was usu­ally one for lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

“Main Roads in­stalled street light­ing as part of the con­struc­tion of the round­about at Bood­i­jup Road and Bus­sell High­way,” Mr Roberts said.

“This light­ing is now owned and man­aged by the Shire.

“Main Roads does not have any plans for the fur­ther in­stal­la­tion of street­lights on this sec­tion of road.”

Shire of Au­gusta-Mar­garet River in­fra­struc­ture di­rec­tor Jo­han Louw said the Shire would take over man­age­ment of the road af­ter the open­ing of the perime­ter road.

He said an in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment was needed to de­ter­mine if ad­di­tional light­ing was war­ranted.

Pic­ture: De­clan Bush

Res­i­dents are con­cerned about the lack of light­ing on the track be­tween Mar­garet River and Brook­field.

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