Heatherlie residents get council support for crossing

RESIDENTS of a Warrnambool retirement home have secured a small victory in their bid to establish a new pedestrian crossing along Koroit Street.

City councillors voted unanimously this week to add the proposed crossing outside Heatherlie Homes to a list of pedestrian priority works following a large petition from nearby residents.

Warrnambool mayor Michael Neoh said he had long been a fan of mid-block crossings and believed the Koroit Street site, also located near the city’s Uniting Church, was an area of high foot traffic.

He applauded residents expressing their interest in developing a pedestrian crossing. “Many residents, especially seniors, feel less comfortable crossing at the roundabouts and find mid-block crossings more accessible,” Cr Neoh said.

Cr Brian Kelson said many motorists used thoroughfares such as Koroit Street as avenues to get from one side of the city to the other, causing potential pedestrian hazards along the way.

“You’ve got people trying to copy (former racing champion) Allan Moffat, zooming along Koroit Street and other streets,” Cr Kelson said.

“If you’re a pedestrian and you’re minding your own business, there’s the potential to get run over.”

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