ABOUT 50 concerned residents rallied earlier this week for increased safety of school children at the entrance of the 13th Beach Golf Links Estate.
Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, who joined children, parents and community members at the rally, is calling on the State Government to reduce the stretch of Barwon Heads Road to 80kmh (currently 100kmh) as a matter of urgency while it considers a proper traffic management solution, such as traffic lights, a or roundabout.
“The estate has around 200 homes, with residents including many young families,” Ms Henderson said.
“Many children who live in the 13th Beach Golf Links Estate catch school buses on Barwon Heads Road, either heading to school in Ocean Grove or Barwon Heads, or in the opposite direction to Geelong.
“The road is especially busy in the mornings with morning commuter traffic, at 100kmh heading into Geelong.”
Ms Henderson said children currently needed to wait for a gap in traffic to cross Barwon Heads Road to wait for the bus into Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove.
“In the afternoon, kids also cross Barwon Heads Road if returning home from school in Geelong,” she said.
“I watched children wait more than five minutes to then manoeuvre dangerous traffic across the road.”
Ms Henderson said local residents were also finding it very difficult to exit the estate from Tomara Drive.
“I have called on the state government to urgently address this pressing safety issue,” Ms Henderson said.
“I urge concerned community members to sign my petition.”
To do so, visit sarahhenderson.com.au/ petition-fix-13th-beach-intersection.