SAFETY FEARS: The speed limit on Proserpine’s Renwick Rd is staying at 60kmh.
SAFETY FEARS: The speed limit on Proserpine’s Renwick Rd is staying at 60kmh. Rory Sheavils

Council backflips on speed limit

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council will not reduce the speed limit on Proserpine's Renwick Rd despite promising the change in November.

Local resident Michael Healy sent a letter to the council last year expressing his safety concerns about the 60kmh speed limit.

The council replied, saying: "The speed limit on Renwick Rd will be amended to reflect 50kmh and not 60kmh as currently signposted."

After months without action, Mr Healy sent another letter, the response to which left him "dumbfounded".

"They said they'll do it and now they say they won't do it," Mr Healy said.

"I reckon it's the most pathetic response you could ever get."

In the response, a council representative said the issue was discussed at a traffic advisory committee meeting where the speed limit was said to be equal to the "typical" limit "within the appropriate road hierarchy table".

Mr Healy questioned this assessment.

"Did they take into account the 2000 students, five schools and seven streets going into the road?" he said.

"Their argument is that there's a lollipop lady there. There's no lollipop lady after 3.30pm.

"Kids use these fields all the time."

The council also said reducing the speed limit would cause other issues such as congestion.

But Mr Healy said that explanation was just nonsense.

"You're never going to have congestion," he said.

"There's not one mention of safety (in their response)."


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