Light shed on safety

North Coast Weekender - - News - Tyler Brown

PEDES­TRI­ANS can feel safer when us­ing un­der­passes, with the City of Joon­dalup in­stalling im­proved lighting.

Hav­ing iden­ti­fied the Col­lier Pass pedes­trian un­der­pass in the city cen­tre as a hot spot for an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour, City of­fi­cers met with po­lice to dis­cuss the issue.

Po­lice sug­gested in­stalling brighter lighting to al­low for greater vis­i­bil­ity through the en­tire un­der­pass area.

The City has since in­stalled LED lighting, which has in­creased bright­ness while re­duc­ing en­ergy con­sump­tion by about 70 per cent.

An­other four un­der­passes were retro­fit­ted with Lu­mi­naire LED lighting last fi­nan­cial year and an­other six were listed for works in 2017-18.

Joon­dalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the ini­tia­tive was an ex­am­ple of the close work­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the City and WA Po­lice.

“The City and WA Po­lice reg­u­larly meet to share in­for­ma­tion on any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity in the lo­cal area and the issue of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour at the Col­lier Pass pedes­trian un­der­pass was brought to our at­ten­tion,” he said.

“The City worked on up­grades to lighting at this lo­ca­tion and the suc­cess of this ini­tia­tive saw us ex­plore the po­ten­tial of retrofitting lighting at more un­der­passes.

“Cur­rently the City main­tains 18 pedes­trian un­der­passes, mean­ing over half of them will be retro­fit­ted with the up­graded lighting by mid- 2018.”

As well as Col­lier Pass, works have been com­pleted at un­der­passes at Selkirk Drive and Burns Beach Road in Kin­ross, Marmion Av­enue lead­ing to Iluka Open Space and Cur­ram­bine Cen­tral Shop­ping Cen­tre, Con­nolly Drive be­tween Pil­grim and Fair­mont places in Cur­ram­bine and Kings­ley Drive in Kings­ley.

The new lighting at the Col­lier Pass un­der­pass.

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