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