In­ter­sec­tion in­ter­jec­tion

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DO YOU feel walk­ing on the in­ter­sec­tion ofWills and Al­fred Sts is safe?

Murweh Shire mayor De­nis Cook thinks mo­torists, par­tic­u­larly tourists, are miss­ing give way signs and turn­ing it into a po­ten­tial dan­ger.

“(Tourists) don’t re­ally take any no­tice of the give way sign,” Cr Cook said.

“I don’t know if they have dif­fer­ent rules down in Vic­to­ria or some­thing.”

And as of last week, coun­cil plans to do some­thing about it.

Coun­cil agreed to spend $24,000 on ‘traf­fic calm­ing’ the in­ter­sec­tion.

That means two new traf­fic is­lands jut­ting from the kerb con­tain­ing more ob­vi­ous give way signs and a rub­ber speed cush­ion to slow on­com­ing traf­fic mov­ing from Al­fred St.

On top of that – a new traf­fic is­land will be placed in the mid­dle for pedes­tri­ans.

Cr Cook was par­tic­u­larly pas­sion­ate about pro­tect­ing one group in par­tic­u­lar: pedes­tri­ans

“We’ve had a num­ber of ac­ci­dents, a num­ber of near misses,” he said.

“We’ve been won­der­ing what to do with the cor­ner for a while..

“A re­cent ac­ci­dent at the in­ter­sec­tion in­volv­ing a tourist ve­hi­cle and lo­cal ve­hi­cle has raised fur­ther con­cern, par­tic­u­larly with the lo­cal po­lice.

“These (rub­ber speed cush­ions) are re­mov­able if they don’t work.”

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