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Speed cuts proposed for Whyalla CBD, foreshore to improve safety

25 July 2014

Introduction of a general 40km/h speed limit for Whyalla’s CBD and city foreshore areas has been endorsed by Whyalla City Council to improve road safety for motorists, pedestrians and residents.

For immediate release: July 24, 2014

Speed cuts proposed for Whyalla CBD,
foreshore to improve safety

Introduction of a general 40km/h speed limit for Whyalla’s CBD and city foreshore areas has been endorsed by Whyalla City Council to improve road safety for motorists, pedestrians and residents.

The proposal has already been approved by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) and has now been released for public comment.

Council’s Manager Transport, Wayne Wong, said that objectives of a 40km/h precinct were to further reduce vehicular speeds, while emphasising safety to “vulnerable road-users.”

He said safety was one of Council’s corporate values highlighted in its strategic management plan. Proactive and preventative measures needed to be implemented to ensure this safety.

Previous consultation to gauge public support for a reduced speed limit revealed clear support for its introduction.

The proposal can be viewed at the Civic Building, Whyalla Library and via Council’s website www.whyalla.sa.gov.au.

Streets affected will include appropriate sections of Forsyth Street, Patterson Street, Gay Street, Kelly Street, Donaldson Terrace, Walls Street, Birt Street, Cudmore Terrace, Darling Terrace, Wallack Terrace, Jamieson Street, Delprat Terrace, Watson Terrace, Agett Street, Roberts Terrace, Broadbent Terrace, Randell Street, Dick Street, Horwood Street and Whitehead Street.

Existing 30km/h speed limit areas at the foreshore will remain unchanged.

Upon completion of the consultation period, Council will undertake a broad awareness campaign of impending changes which will include:

  • Notification to SA Police of the DPTI approval.
  • Distribution of letters to local residents and businesses.
  • Placement of public notices in the local press and television.
  • Additional media releases to all forms of media – newspaper, TV, radio and websites.
  • Ensuring intermittent publicity is undertaken for at least three months after implementation of the proposal, with plans remaining on display also for no less than three months.

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