Con­cern about safety on Water­son Way

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

AL­MOST one year has passed since res­i­dents of Water­son Way came for­ward to raise im­por­tant safety is­sues about their street and yet noth­ing ap­pears to have changed.

Speed­ing mo­torists and a lack of speed con­trols such as speed humps, sig­nage, pedes­trian cross­ings and refuge is­lands, cou­pled with a lack of pave­ments and in­ad­e­quate light­ing, were all raised as is­sues that could lead to a child on the street be­ing hurt, or worse, killed ( Whit­sun­day Times, Novem­ber 22, 2012).

Iyas Sha­heen, who lives on the street with his part­ner Mandy Coles and their daugh­ter Han­nah Sha­heen, said res­i­dents had waited pa­tiently for the Air­lie Beach main street up­grade to be fin­ished, with the as­sump­tion that once this hap­pened Water­son Way would be trans­ferred from Coun­cil to the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads (TMR) and that some­thing would be done.

“[But] the street is fin­ished now and we don’t want to wait un­til some­one gets hurt and then start look­ing at the prob­lem,” he said.

A spokesper­son from TMR con­firmed Water­son Way would be­come a state-con­trolled road but said TMR was ne­go­ti­at­ing with Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil “in re­la­tion to works that are to be com­pleted to Wa- ter­son Way to bring it up to a state stan­dard”.

The spokesper­son said TMR would seek ad­vice from Coun­cil re­gard­ing any com­mu­nity con­cerns al­ready been raised by res­i­dents.

“Safety is our pri­or­ity and we in­vite con­cerned res­i­dents to for­ward their is­sues through to Trans­port and Main Roads so we can ad­dress them,” the spokesper­son said.

Whit­sun­day mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said there was ad­di­tional fund­ing in­volved in de­liv­er­ing the out­comes re­quired by TMR for Water­son Way.

“But it’s not in­sur­mount­able – it’s not in the mil­lions of dol­lars [and] the pri­or­ity for us is that we do get that ex­change of roads,” she said.

“What we can do though [in the mean­time] is work with the com­mu­nity and the po­lice and re­quest that po­lice pa­trol that road more fre­quently so we can en­force the speed limit and main­tain the safety of our com­mu­nity.”

Whit­sun­day Po­lice act­ing sergeant Nathan Blain re­minded res­i­dents that the de­fault speed limit was 50km per hour in built up ar­eas un­less oth­er­wise signed.

He urged res­i­dents to re­port any traf­fic con­cerns to the Whit­sun­day Sta­tion on 4948 8888 or Po­lice Link on 131 444.

SLOW DOWN: Water­son Way res­i­dent Iyas Sha­heen with his eightyear-old daugh­ter Han­nah, be­side the only speed limit signs on the street that mark the end of the con­struc­tion zone.

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