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The Centralian advocate Fri 19 Aug 2016



The Centralian advocate Fri 19 Aug 2016


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Alice Springs

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FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016 NEWS 07 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA PLANS to improve pedestrian safety outside the Yeperenye Shopping Centre have again been deferred to get more public consultation. A report suggesting zebra crossing options on Hartley and Bath streets was withdrawn at Mondays Alice Springs Town Council committee meeting following concerns that not enough public consultation was done. Council requested the investigation after concerns were raised about pedestrian safety and concrete pollution in the middle of the streets. The report stated that a narrowing road and pedestrian refuges forced cars to slow down. A pedestrian zebra crossings gives pedestrians right of way to cross the road, there is no waiting time and cars must wait. This enables pedestrians to move comfortably and safely across the road, the report read. In May, then-councillor Chansey Paech called for the streets to be made one way to reduce congestion and allow for angle parking. It is not the first time the Plan for safety is in limbo suggestion has been floated, with the streets raising Centralians eyebrows for more than 15 years, according to Advocate records. In 2000 a man was hit by a sedan on the Hartley St exit of the Yeperenye Shopping Centre. A pedestrian crossing was considered by council in 2004 after the road was labelled the worst place to cross in town by one resident. One year later Alderman David Koch called the street a pedestrian nightmare and said it should become one-way. The idea never got through council. In 2009 fresh calls were made for the street to become one-way, before it was dismissed by council. Plans for pedestrian crossings were thrown out in 2010 and a controversial idea to install a wombat crossing was deferred two years later. A report by Greenhill Engineers Transport and Infrastructure manager Peter Tan recommended council undertake further investigation into the safety problems on both streets, including a five-year crash history report to focus on pedestrian-related crashes. Tom Volling Bryan and Debbie Gill competing in the sausage suck at last years Fishs Run. Picture: ANDREA JOHNSTON WORD of mouth is all it has taken to get more than 300 motorbike riders out to Ross River Resort for this years Fishs Run. The annual event, which starts tomorrow, commemorates the life of Terry Fish Gill who died a short distance from the resort in a motorbike crash in 1998. Everyone seems to really enjoy it and a lot of people use Charitable riders do Fish proud Andrea Johnston this as a good excuse to meet up and see people they havent seen in years, said organiser Bryan Gill, Fishs brother. The event raises money for the Butterfly Connection, a local charity which helps families facing bills associated with interstate medical treatment. Mr Gill said something eerie happened when he was looking for a charity for Fishs Run to support. I was reading a story in the Advocate about the new foun dation Rachel was setting up as the song from my brothers funeral came on the radio, Mr Gill said. It was as if Fish was telling me this was the foundation he wanted the money to go to. The song, High by the Lighthouse Family, is always played at the memorial to Fish, a few kilometres outside the resort. The gathered crowd also hear how the money raised for the Butterfly Connection has helped many people. Then its on to Ross River for motorcycle events including the sausage suck, paddymelon rolling, the go-slow race, and the barrel race which requires riders to push empty beer barrels with their bikes. Local band Late Scratching will play that evening, with a recovery session at the RSL on Sunday. For details on how to get involved, search Fishs Run on Facebook. FIXING YEPERENYE PEDESTRIAN ISSUES Option 1 - Remove the two existing pedestrian refuges and open up the exiting facade to the public by removing the glass centre panels. Zebra crossing would be central to the Yeperenye shopping centre. Option 2 - Remove left pedestrian refuge and fence off footpath to pedestrian access and convert right hand side to a zebra crossing. Option 3 - Remove right pedestrian refuge and fence off footpath to pedestrian access and convert left hand side to a zebra crossing. *The two new pedestrian zebra crossings would have to comply to the latest Australian Standards, this would include upgrading the street lighting over the crossings and would cost about $106,375 each. Win a $400 Gift Voucher Simply complete your details below and drop the coupon into the entry box at Alice Springs Nursery on Saturday 27 August. Watch out for further details on our annual Spring into Spring event happening on Saturday 27 August. The first entry randomly drawn at 4pm on 27/08/16 shall be deemed the winner. Gift Voucher Your Name: __________________________________ Your Phone: __________________________________ Value: Four Hundred Dollars ASSORTMENT OF PANELS & GATES Hugely discounted from $55.00. Super Spring Special Super Spring Special