Night of Lights

Boards send re­minders

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Tyler Brown

Line-up an­nounce­ment for the Kalei­do­scope Fes­ti­val in Joon­dalup as coun­cil plans traf­fic man­age­ment for Christ­mas lights.

IL­LU­MI­NATED mes­sage boards will be used to man­age traf­fic at two ma­jor Christ­mas light dis­plays in Con­nolly and Dun­craig.

Ear­lier this year, Joon­dalup coun­cil­lor So­phie Dwyer re­quested a re­port on op­tions to man­age traf­fic in these ar­eas to min­imise the risks be­tween pedes­tri­ans and ve­hi­cles.

A re­port pre­sented to the coun­cil last month said other is­sues in­cluded park­ing, noise, dam­age to verges, and ac­cess and exit is­sues for res­i­dents.

It said the City had re­ceived com­plaints over sev­eral years with these con­cerns and also in re­sponse to the coun­cil’s at­tempts to man­age these im­pacts.

The City has 14 main ar­eas that dis­play lights, with the largest at Prairie Dunes Place in Con­nolly, which has been run­ning since 1997.

In 2012, the City in­tro­duced tem­po­rary park­ing signs to re­in­force the rule vis­i­tors should not park on foot­paths.

They have since been in­stalled, from De­cem­ber 1 to 30, with rangers pa­trolling from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Last year, the City also in­stalled tem­po­rary traf­fic con­trol bar­ri­ers to pro­vide a phys­i­cal bar­rier to pre­vent un­safe park­ing.

But they were re­moved soon af­ter in re­sponse to res­i­dent com­plaints.

A light dis­play in Sam­son Court, Dun­craig, has in­creased in pop­u­lar­ity, with the City us­ing mes­sage board signs for the first time last year to re­mind driv­ers not to park on me­dian strips.

For Prairie Dunes Place, City of­fi­cers rec­om­mended us­ing mes­sage board signs to pro­vide park­ing ad­vice with a tem­po­rary speed limit of 40km/h and to con­tinue in­stalling the tem­po­rary park­ing signs.

For Sam­son Court, they also rec­om­mended use of the mes­sage board signs.

City of­fi­cers sug­gested rangers should only at­tend in re­sponse to com­plaints be­cause the pa­trols were not sus­tain­able at an es­ti­mated cost of $11,700 for last year alone.

Coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously agreed to the traf­fic plan near fes­tive light dis­plays.

Christ­mas lights at Prairie Dunes Place in Con­nolly.

Pic­tures: Face­book

The tem­po­rary traf­fic con­trol bar­ri­ers in­stalled in 2017.

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