A $3 MILLION Mildura Council initiative that includes the installation of pedestrian islands and safety platforms in residential streets are a “colossal waste of money” according to dismayed residents.
The development of 150 concrete pedestrian islands, 25 raised asphalt safety platforms and more than 900 new 40km/hour signs are part of the council’s Cyclist and Pedestrian Safety Project which began in May.
The council yesterday said works were fully-funded through the Victorian Government’s Transport Accident Commission’s Safe System Road Infrastructure Program and not at the expense of ratepayers.
The efforts to improve pedestrian safety and reduce speed, however, has been described as “more of a nuisance than a necessity” by local business owner Matthew McKenzie, who fears he will lose customers over the works.
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