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Friday, May 7, 2021

Libs back calls for Inner South road improvements

ACT Opposition Leader Elizabeth Lee has backed calls from Inner South residents for road improvements to improve safety in the area.

Local group the Narrabundah Peafowlers have campaigned for Inner South road improvements, particularly at the intersection of La Perouse Street and Carnegie Crescent, to keep the local peafowl population and residents safe.

The group’s convenor Tim DeWan said around nine birds had been killed on the roads in the last 10-or-so months.

The Narrabundah Peafowlers want the stop signs at the intersection of La Perouse Street and Carnegie Crescent, as well as 40km/h zones and road markings.

Other Inner South residents share their concerns; Griffith resident Leo Dobes told Canberra Weekly speeding and ignoring stop signs were the major issues in the area.

Ms Lee said she’d heard from a number of people about safety issues in the area, namely parents concerned about their children walking or riding to school.

“The most dangerous locations appear to be the intersections at La Perouse Street and Carnegie Crescent and La Perouse and Dalrymple Streets,” she said.

“These intersections are no longer fit for purpose. Traffic has significantly increased in the area and as a result, people are driving faster which is making it more dangerous for children to walk or cycle to school.”

The Peafowlers have called for a roundabout at the La Perouse Street and Carnegie Crescent intersection, as well as 40km/h speed zones on either side.

They also want to see road markings, like zig zags and peacocks, to remind drivers to slow down.

The group met with Transport and City Services Minister Chris Steel in March and await further action.

A spokesperson for Transport Canberra and City Services said the directorate was currently undertaking a traffic study in the area after which it would consult the local community on potential improvements.

The study is expected to be completed in July.

As well, ACT Policing announced yesterday officers would crack down on dangerous driving across the Territory in May, including red light compliance.  

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