City must light the way

Youngsters Myah Jacob, Bowen Gawthorne and Ted Tudor join local residents to call for traffic signals at the intersection of Marmion Avenue in Yanchep. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d419477
Youngsters Myah Jacob, Bowen Gawthorne and Ted Tudor join local residents to call for traffic signals at the intersection of Marmion Avenue in Yanchep. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d419477

At their April 29 meeting, Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association (TRYRA) members decided to rally for signals at the intersection with Peony Boulevard and Lagoon Drive.

About 45 people gathered at the intersection last Tuesday, where TRYRA president Peter Wimsett said the shopping centre was already a ‘magnet’ for children to cross Marmion Avenue.

‘There’s been five major crashes here already; sooner or later we are going to have a fatality,’ he said.

Jindowie resident Chelsea Gawthorne said two of her children attended Yanchep District High School and wanted to see traffic lights at the intersection.

‘It’s actually a bit scary walking to school. I want my kids to feel safe walking to school,’ she said.

TRYRA secretary Lorraine Jackson said the group started taking action in November, 2012, and had written to the City of Wanneroo, Main Roads, police and developers.

Ms Jackson said the City had said the intersection would be upgraded to include signals when ‘traffic numbers in and around the intersection warrant that level of investment’.

Mr Wimsett said the City and Main Roads had each been saying it was the other’s responsibility.

TRYRA submitted a 499-signature petition to Wanneroo City Council last July, and in September councillors decided to write to the Transport Minister and Main Roads WA seeking traffic signals.

They also decided to support an extension to the school zone and to ask the Police Commissioner to appoint a traffic warden.

Wanneroo councillor Linda Aitken said a report on that decision would be on the May 27 meeting agenda.

‘Turn up to council on May 27 and tell us what you want,’ Cr Aitken said.

Yanchep resident Barbara Fraser said she had a close call with a pedestrian while driving on Marmion recently.

‘We were coming down here one day out of Village Row (and) she just walked straight across the road,’ she said.

‘We had to stop to let her go.’

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