Play­ground to be re­moved from Is­land Dr round­about

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE play­ground at Can­non­vale’s Is­land Drive round­about will soon be re­moved af­ter Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil voted in ac­cor­dance with the rec­om­men­da­tion of its plan­ning de­part­ment this week.

Coun­cil­lors were ad­vised that the play­ground was “prob­lem­atic” un­der the cur­rent Aus­troads De­sign Guide, as well as the Trans­port Op­er­a­tions Act.

The re­port pre­sented at Coun­cil’s or- di­nary meet­ing on Tues­day said un­der the Trans­port Op­er­a­tions Act, ve­hi­cles on cir­cu­lat­ing paths and ex­it­ing round­abouts did not have to give way to pedes­tri­ans, there­fore any di­rect pedes­trian cross­ing point at the round­about would ex­pose those on foot to more traf­fic than rec­om­mended.

“It is there­fore rec­om­mended that the play park be re­moved and [the area] be fenced off to pre­vent pedes­tri­ans from cross­ing the road to the round­about,” the re­port read. Coun­cil­lors were also ad­vised that should they chose to vote against this rec­om­men­da­tion, “they take full li­a­bil­ity for the de­ci­sion” and could be held per­son­ally re­spon­si­ble in the event of lit­i­ga­tion.

It was agreed that the ma­jor­ity of the play equip­ment would be re­lo­cated to other sites and the rec­om­men­da­tion was unan­i­mously passed.

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