May­day on road may­hem

Call for safety refuge as pedes­trian traf­fic rises

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - CHAD VAN ESTROP

BEL­MONT res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers are call­ing for a pedes­trian refuge to be built to as­sist the “hun­dreds of peo­ple” cross­ing Barra­bool Rd each day.

Grant Herbert, who owns Cafe RnR which fronts Barra­bool Rd and Bar­won Val­ley Park, said a res­i­dents’ pe­ti­tion call­ing for ac­tion years ago was yet to de­liver a re­sult.

“There’s been a lot of to­ing and fro­ing since the pe­ti­tion was put to­gether a few years ago,” Mr Herbert said.

“It’s ba­si­cally like bang­ing your head against a brick wall.”

Mr Herbert said cy­clists, walk­ing groups and em­ploy­ees of nearby busi­nesses cross­ing at Barra­bool Rd be­tween Mt Pleas­ant and Bar­won Heads roads are call­ing for a pedes­trian refuge to im­prove safety.

“It is an extremely busy road. It’s just one of those things that needs to be done,” he said.

About 11,000 ve­hi­cles use Barra­bool Rd be­tween Mt Pleas­ant and Bar­won Heads roads each day, ac­cord­ing to VicRoads.

Mr Herbert said that a pedes­trian refuge near River­glen Court, about 200m away from his cafe, was not con­ve­nient for those want­ing to cross and ac­cess Bar­won Val­ley Park.

Bel­mont res­i­dent Priscilla Pescott said: “Ev­ery­one agrees that (the refuge) is needed but there doesn’t seen to be money in coun­cil’s bud­get for it.”

Greater Gee­long City Ser­vices di­rec­tor Guy Wil­sonBrowne said more vis­i­tors to the Bupa Aged Care fa­cil­ity needed to park on the Bar­won Val­ley re­serve op­po­site the fa­cil­ity.

“Results from re­cent ve­hi­cle and pedes­trian sur­veys at this lo­ca­tion show jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for an ad­di­tional refuge is­land cross­ing closer to the aged care fa­cil­ity. This project has been added to our fu­ture works pro­gram,” he said.

Mr Wil­son-Browne said the project will be con­sid­ered among 80 oth­ers for fu­ture fund­ing. “This project is on our cap­i­tal works pro­gram for fund­ing con­sid­er­a­tion, and will be con­sid­ered at the next an­nual plan­ning cy­cle,” he said.

Pic­ture: ALAN BAR­BER

SAFETY FIRST: Priscilla Pescott with Bupa Aged Care Barra­bool ac­tiv­i­ties co-or­di­na­tor Angie True­man, Pauline McK­in­non, Bupa Aged Care Barra­bool gen­eral man­ager Cate Unsworth and Cafe RnR owner Grant Herbert.

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