Retirement village residents band together to improve roundabout safety

Resident Matty Mentz, who brought a petition forward for a pathway to be built, with Councillor Patrick Hall and residents of Castledare Village. Picture: Matt Jelonek. d492664
Resident Matty Mentz, who brought a petition forward for a pathway to be built, with Councillor Patrick Hall and residents of Castledare Village. Picture: Matt Jelonek. d492664

CASTLEDARE Village residents have banded together to tackle a troublesome roundabout in Wilson.

Residents submitted a petition to the council to ask for the creation of a safe pedestrian crossing at the Fern Road and Bungaree Road roundabout by connecting the existing path on the eastern side of Fern Road across Castledare Place.

A Moreton Bay fig tree currently blocks the footpath on Fern Road at the roundabout, which means pedestrians and cyclists must cross to the other side of the road before crossing Bungaree Road and then returning to Fern Road.

The tree is also in the sight line of drivers, which makes it dangerous for pedestrians to cross the road.

Petitioner and resident Matty Mentz said the crossing was a constant source of danger for pedestrians.

“There is no safe crossing there. Drivers are coming out of Bungaree Road and going around the roundabout,” she said.

“The people from the village have no way of crossing there. It’s so dangerous, especially at 9am and 5pm. People with walkers, with gophers, they can’t cross there. It’s impossible.”

Councillor Patrick Hall worked with the residents to help them submit the petition and said the City had tentatively approved a new pathway, contingent on the council approving funding for the project.

“This long-existing issue has been complicated by the fact that the only way to preserve the large tree at that intersection was for the City to reach an agreement with an adjoining landowner to continue the footpath around the tree and across privately held land,” he said.

“This relatively minor but incredibly important local problem will finally be laid to rest and the footpath along the eastern side of Fern Road will be connected for the first time.”

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