A CAMPAIGN for lower speed limits in Hawkesdale has won the support from Moyne Shire.
Hawkesdale P-12 College principal Colan Distel says parents will be “relieved” if VicRoads agrees to drop the speed limit from 70km/h to 40km/h on the main Penshurst-Warrnambool Road during school pick-up hours.
Moyne Shire backed the calls to reduce speed zones at the southern entrance of the township as well as a solar-powered crossing sign in the centre of town.
“I’ve had a number of concerns from parents about it over the years,” Mr Distel said. There had been a near-miss involving a student and a truck on the road several years ago, he said. “We have approached the authorities about it. The argument has been that we weren’t on the main road.
“The parents will be very pleased.”
VicRoads regional director William Tieppo “there is no proposal to install a solar-powered 40km/h sign on the Penshurst-Warrnambool Road” but said the authority was considering other the changes.
“VicRoads is consulting with the Moyne Shire Council over a possible speed limit reduction through Hawkesdale, scheduled to occur in 2014,” he said.
The Hawkesdale and District Development Action Committee has led the campaign for the changes.