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Waterson Way dangerous

Back row: Waterson Way residents Mandy Coles, Sade and Lisa O’Donnell, Dion Vinci, Stormie Collier and Iyas Shaheen and front row: Sean Oomens, Hannah Shaheen, Asher O’Donnell and Mautoko, Mervyn, Pip and Terri Collier, have concerns for pedestrians along their street which will become a main road under the terms of the Airlie main street upgrade.
Back row: Waterson Way residents Mandy Coles, Sade and Lisa O’Donnell, Dion Vinci, Stormie Collier and Iyas Shaheen and front row: Sean Oomens, Hannah Shaheen, Asher O’Donnell and Mautoko, Mervyn, Pip and Terri Collier, have concerns for pedestrians along their street which will become a main road under the terms of the Airlie main street upgrade.

WITH much of the Airlie main street traffic now diverted along Waterson Way, residents of this once quiet area are becoming increasingly concerned about pedestrian safety.

Iyas Shaheen and Mandy Coles are just two of the street's residents who feel passionately about making a stand before someone is injured or killed.

Ms Coles says despite the 40km per hour speed limit signs, motorists consistently drive past a neighbourhood full of children at speeds in excess of 80kms per hour.

"There's no sidewalks, no speed humps, no lights, no pedestrian crossings - they haven't even put a lollypop lady down there," she said.

Ms Coles said the lack of lighting made the situation even worse after dark when much of the street was "pitch black".

Probuild Civil project manager Alistair Neale said any lighting beyond the Harcourts building was outside of Probuild's jurisdiction but he agreed that speeding motorists were a problem.

"It's dangerous for our workers as well as the public," he said.

"We've got signs up but we can't enforce them - only the police can."

When the Airlie main street upgrade is finished, Waterson Way will become a main road, but until then it remains under Council control.

 

Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney said Council would certainly be encouraging more of a police presence on Waterson Way and agreed that the issues raised by residents were a concern.

"We're working on making it a safer street and we'll be speaking with Main Roads regarding lights," she said. "We're working with police and Main Roads [but] people have got a responsibility as well to follow the road rules."

Mr Shaheen, who, like many of his neighbours has written to Council with formal complaints, says his main concern is that something is done.

"The main thing we want is no buck passing - Council saying it's Main Roads and Main Roads saying it's Council. They're two government agencies - talk to each other and make it happen," he said.

Topics:  dangerous, pedestrian safety, waterson way


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