Speed hump in road battle

UNHAPPY: President of the Weeroona Island Progress Association Marg Abraham stands on Weeroona Island’s unsealed and eroding Casuarina Drive.

Weeroona Island is set for a new speed definition and a special speed exemption for York Road following a meeting of the District Council of Mount Remarkable in November.

But the maintenance of the island’s roads continued to be a sore point for residents.

At the January 2016 meeting of council, it was moved to advise the state Minister for Transport of the results of a survey conducted for York Roadwhich supported the road being declared a ‘Shared Zone’ with a reduced speed limit of 10km/h.

In July, Minister Malinauskas responded confirming that the existing 30 km/h speed limit was considered appropriate for use on York Road and all roads on Weeroona Island.

Council was advised that pursuinga ‘Shared Zone’ on York Road would require the road to undergo modification to meet the requirements of ‘Shared Zone’ guidelines.

It was indicated to council that this process would be time consuming and expensive.

However ongoing discussions with the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure offered a new resolution, being that:

Weeroona Island is declared a 30km/h speed limit AREA with York Road being declared an exemption and having a lineal speed limit of 10km/h.The motion was passed unanimously by council but not before further questioning by President of the Weeroona Island Progress Association Marg Abraham.

She requested more communication from council on all issues on the island, arguing it was “vital for progress”.

Mrs Abraham said communication was particularly important for the issue of road management.

She described the roads on the island as being in “extremely poor condition”.

Mrs Abraham said that in the last eight years approximately two kilometres of road on the island had been sealed.

She said Casuarina Drive was set to be sealed with new a new drainage system in June but the project was yet to commence.

Mrs Abraham also questioned the news that tenders were being sought to grade and seal the continuation of Range View Road, which services only five residents in the shack area.

She argued that the decision to work on Range View Road left100 residents still affected by poor road surfaces.

Chief executive officer Wayne Hart said he would respond to all questions in writing.

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