Esplanade Speed Limit Consultation

by Ted Sorensen
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Proposal to Introduce 40km hour speed limit along the Esplanade within Scarness, Torquay and Urangan Business Districts and Left in/Left out — Queens Road, Scarness

40km/hr Speed Limit Precincts

The Hervey Bay Esplanade Tourist Precinct Master Plan, which was adopted by Council on 21 October, 2015, identified an action to introduce reduced speed limits along the Esplanade within the Business precincts of Scarness, Torquay and Urangan.

Council, at its meeting held on 24 May, 2017, resolved to proceed with public consultation in relation to a proposal to introduce speed zones of 40km/hr along the Esplanade within these precincts. Such a proposal will encourage people into the precincts and improve pedestrian safety.

Existing slow point treatments are already in place within the precincts of Scarness and Torquay, with additional slow point treatments being proposed in Urangan (subject to future budget allocations) to assist in managing vehicle speeds through this area.

A plan depicting the proposed 40km/hr precinct locations is attached.
Left in/Left Out Proposal Queens Road

In addition to the proposal to reduce the speed limits within these precincts, to further improve safety in the Scarness Precinct, a suggestion has been made to limit access to Queens Road, Scarness from and to the Esplanade to left in/left out only. Council is also proceeding to public consultation relating to this proposal.

Community Consultation

To assist Council in its consideration of the proposals, members of the public and businesses are encouraged to provide their comments on the proposed changes by 30 June, 2017. Interested persons can provide their comments via a Survey on the Have Your Say Section of Council’s website at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/40km-Esplanade

Additionally, informal submissions can be made via email or mail using the following addresses:-

Email:              enquiry@frasercoast.q1d.gov.au

Mail:                Fraser Coast Regional Council

PO Box 1943

HERVEY BAY QLD 4655

Should you require any additional information in relation to the proposals or consultation process, please contact Council’s Program Co-Ordinator, Infrastructure Services, Toni Souvlis Ph. 4190 5742.

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