Mt Lawley residents push to curb traffic troubles

Mt Lawley Residents Association past president Mike Kuzich and president Ian Merker at the intersection of First Avenue and Carrington Street. Picture: Supplied.
Mt Lawley Residents Association past president Mike Kuzich and president Ian Merker at the intersection of First Avenue and Carrington Street. Picture: Supplied.

THE re-formed Mt Lawley Ratepayers Association (MLRA) is hitting the streets.

Founded 50 years ago, the group has been in hibernation for the past five years but last month came back together with a new committee, new members and new constitution.

President Ian Merker said traffic issues had been the driving force, particularly the recent controversy over the City of Stirling’s proposed treatment of the Second Avenue and Carrington Street intersection.

A council report said there had been 15 crashes at the black spot in five years, including five serious injury crashes, and the rate had been increasing over the past three years.

Residents rallied in Copley Park against the proposal to allow left turns only at the intersection, concerned about an increase in cars on local streets.

“We were awed by the number of people who came,” Mr Merker said.

“We expected 15 people and a couple of councillors.”

The proposal to restrict through and right turn movements was rejected and the City is now looking at alternatives and undertaking more community consultation.

Mr Merker said the first priority for the MLRA was an effective traffic management treatment for the intersection and but then lobbying for more analysis of road safety in the suburb.

“Our roads are meant to be local roads for local traffic, not high-volume shortcuts for commuters to take advantage of every day of the year, putting our community’s safety at risk,” he said.

“What we want is simply start to reduce rat running down our roads.

“It costs something to get traffic done, but accidents cost an awful lot.”

The next City of Stirling community consultation session about the intersections of Carrington Street with First and Second avenues will take place this Thursday night.

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