Thursday, May 30, 2024

Willoughby walks out wombat dozen

Willoughby City Council has delivered a significant boost to pedestrian safety with the completion of a program delivering 12 new raised and marked crossings, known as Wombat Crossings, near schools throughout the local government area.

During July, the Council completed the final crossing under the School Children Safety Wombat Crossing Program.

This crossing, at Rohan Street near Willoughby Road in Naremburn, enables a safer trip for pedestrians, including students from nearby Naremburn School.

The Rohan St crossing, and another crossing at Hampden Road, Artarmon, creates a new right of way for pedestrians, so motorists now need to give way to pedestrians crossing the road at these locations, said Willoughby City Mayor, Tanya Taylor.

She said the safety and wellbeing of school children and pedestrians was a high Council priority.

“Parents in Willoughby now have better piece of mind knowing their children can cross the road to school with fewer risks, as will other pedestrians,” Mayor Taylor said.

“These crossings are clearly marked and impossible to miss, serving as a reminder to motorists to slow down when necessary.

“The crossings help us to deliver a walkable, active Willoughby, helping pedestrians to enjoy the health and social benefits of walking, while easily accessing our local centres.”

A further 10 existing zebra pedestrian crossings have been upgraded to raised wombat crossings at suburbs including Willoughby, Lane Cove North, Chatswood, Castle Cove and Castlecrag.

Council received $1.95 million under the Federal Government’s School Children Safety Wombat Crossing Program.

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