Grandma warns on death risk

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - BET­TINA WAR­BUR­TON

Watch Dan­cenorth per­form­ers re­hearse Tec­tonic at The Strand A TOWNSVILLE grand­mother who pe­ti­tioned to have a pedes­trian cross­ing placed near Strand Park fears “some­one will be killed” be­fore the Townsville City Coun­cil in­stalls a safe pas­sage for vis­i­tors to The Strand.

Mar­ion Whit­ing, 81, lodged a pe­ti­tion with more than 300 sig­na­tures with the coun­cil early this year. The grand­mother wants a cross­ing es­tab­lished di­rectly be­hind Strand Park.

“So many fam­i­lies use the area to get to the beach. It is too dan­ger­ous to cross with­out a pedes­trian cross­ing,” she said. “Some­one will be killed, that’s my fear. Why can’t the coun­cil in­stall the pedes­trian cross­ing?”

Mrs Whit­ing this week re­ceived a let­ter from the coun­cil out­lin­ing how it would ad­dress pedes­trian safety near Strand Park. In­fra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee chair Cr Mark Mo­lachino said the coun­cil was com­mit­ted to pedes­trian safety and took Mrs Whit­ing’s pe­ti­tion “ex­tremely se­ri­ously”.

“We put the con­cerns raised in the pe­ti­tion to our ex­perts in en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices,” he said. “The prob­lem with putting a pedes­trian cross­ing is that you in­ter­rupt traf­fic flow along The Strand, so the so­lu­tion ( the coun­cil’s engi­neers) came up with was to cre­ate bet­ter vis­i­bil­ity for pedes­tri­ans at the cross­ing points there at the mo­ment.”

The let­ter to Mrs Whit­ing out­lined three rec­om­men­da­tions that coun­cil:

Re­strict ( car) park­ing and un­der­take tree trim­ming to pro­vide cross­ing sight dis­tance at each paved cross­ing point be­hind Strand Park;

Agree to re­quire or­gan­is­ers of ma­jor events at Strand Park to pro­vide traf­fic con­trollers; and

Agree to mon­i­tor pedes­trian move­ments to de­ter­mine whether an al­ter­na­tive pedes­trian fa­cil­ity is re­quired in the fu­ture.

Mrs Whit­ing said, although it was pos­i­tive the coun­cil was do­ing “at least some­thing” to ad­dress the is­sue, “more needed to be done”.

Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

FLY­ING HIGH: Dan­cenorth’s Har­ri­son Hall, Jack Ziesing, Ge­or­gia Rudd and Ashley McLel­lan re­hearse on the beach.

Mar­ion Whit­ing.

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