Livingstone Shire Council’s Community Meetings have provided a means of swift response to address concerns in Emu Park for pedestrian and user safety in and around Bicentennial Park.
Mayor of Livingstone Shire, Councillor Bill Ludwig said that in response to safety concerns raised at the Emu Park Community Meeting, Council will commence a 40 kilometre per hour speed limit trial in Nicolson Street and install a ‘children crossing’ sign.
“At the community meeting, residents said that they thought the current speed limit was too high in this area, and wanted Council’s help to warn motorists that the roadside was regularly used by pedestrians.
“Cr Wyatt and I have met with Council Officers on site to assess the situation. It has been agreed that Council will trial a new speed limit for 12 months, from the start of the Scenic Highway end of Nicolson Street,” Mayor Ludwig said.
Councillor Tom Wyatt who holds the Council portfolio for Sport, Recreation, Parks and Community Facilities said “Bicentennial Park is well utilised by Emu Park sporting groups with up to 400 children training there each week.”
“With this high level of use it is imperative that we act promptly to ensure the safety of pedestrians and users of this facility.
“Community safety is a high priority for Council. This is a great example of how Council and the community can work together to improve the safety and amenity of our local neighbourhoods,” Cr Wyatt said.
The Shire-wide Community Meetings are testament to Council’s commitment to listen to and respond to the concerns of our community, and the community will have their next opportunity to attend, with the second round planned for October 2014.
Council welcomes any feedback during the trial period. Residents can provide comments by contacting the Customer Service Centre on 4913 5000.