Moama Pre-school's P&C Committee want to see the speed limit near the centre reduced.By Ivy Wise
The Moama Pre-school P&C Committee is concerned it will take an accident before the speed limit around the centre is reduced.
Director Narelle Blachford has been pushing for the speed limit on the corner of Francis and Regent streets to be reduced from 50km/h to 40km/h for as long as she can remember.
‘‘I’ve been here 17 years and we were talking about it back in 1996,’’ Mrs Blachford said.
‘‘We have 97 children come through here, parents dropping off and picking up their kids and cars just speed through. The town bus flies past.
‘‘Parents have to get their kids out of the car and cross the road, while carrying bags and other children. It’s so dangerous.
‘‘We’re just worried an accident will happen. The safety of our children and families is what’s most important to us.
‘‘Last year about this time, a car lost control coming around the roundabout and crashed through our fence.’’
Mrs Blachford said she had received countless complaints from parents after several near-misses over the years.
She said the committee had raised its concerns many times with Murray Shire Council, which is responsible for the road.
Murray Shire mayor Tom Weyrich said he would be advocating for the speed limit to be reduced to 40km/h at a Road and Traffic Committee meeting in mid-November.
‘‘I understand their frustration, but unfortunately it’s not that easy. There is a process we have to go through,’’ he said.
‘‘I guess I could have pushed it harder.
‘‘But saying that, I’m confident that the speed limit will be lowered to 40km/h. I will certainly be advocating for it for obvious reasons.
‘‘Children are very unpredictable and unaware of their surroundings.’’
Cr Weyrich said he was aware there had been some minor incidents over the years.
‘‘As the traffic in this area has increased, so does the need to reduce the speed limit,’’ he said.
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