Storm of protest, no calm

At your service: Nathan Morton in front of his new office. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d401406
At your service: Nathan Morton in front of his new office. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d401406

Traffic management devices in the area would cost about $60,000.

Residents first petitioned the council with their concerns about vehicle speeds and volume in January, 2012. A second petition was forwarded in March, 2013.

According to council officers, the results of a follow-up traffic survey held in November, 2012, still did not indicate an immediate need for the installation of traffic-calming devices in the area.

In a report to the council, officers said the traffic survey results did not identify unusual or unacceptable traffic activity.

The petition referred to one vehicle movement of 104km/h in the residential area. Council officers said driving at such speeds was considered hoon behaviour and reckless driving and claimed traffic calming on its own would not address hoon behaviour ‘and has been proven in some instances to even aggravate and challenge hoons and reckless drivers’.

The report said roads such as Parkfield Boulevard had an indicative design volume of 3000 vehicles per day. A recent survey showed traffic volumes of 1880 vehicles per day at two nearby locations. Between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2012, six traffic accidents were reported on Parkfield Boulevard, most at an intersection which has since had a roundabout installed.