Night of Lights
Boards send reminders
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.
The temporary traffic control barriers installed in 2017.