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Dangerous highway speedsters major worry for Bluff residents

WORRIED: Bluff residents voiced their concerns to the council about the dangers posed by motorists who fail to obey speed limits.
WORRIED: Bluff residents voiced their concerns to the council about the dangers posed by motorists who fail to obey speed limits. Meghan Kidd Emebluff

ABOUT 4000 vehicles travel along the Capricorn Hwy daily and Bluff residents want them to slow down as they approach the town's main strip.

The Central Highlands Regional Council last Wednesday hosted a community consultation meeting at the Bluff CWA Hall, where residents turned up to voice their concerns and hear what work was progressing in the region.

Mayor Peter Maguire spoke to the crowd during the round-table meeting.

"This is a good chance to talk to you all about any issues you're having," he said.

"We'll talk about work that's happening around the place and what is coming up."

Most of the requests by residents were regarding the speed that motorists have been travelling when they approach the town.

One resident spoke of living along the highway and recently seeing two accidents where one of the vehicles ended up in their neighbour's front yard.

"We walk our children to school every day along that strip and we're worried," the resident said of motorists who failed to slow to 60kmh.

Suggested safety measures included erecting a guard rail along the main strip near the palm tree garden facing residents' homes, and potentially changing the speed limit to 40kmh during school times.

Other issues raised during the discussion were footpath networks being upgraded, requests for the skate park to receive shade, a bubbler and toilets, and drainage issues.

The meeting was just one held across the Highlands on Wednesday. Council staff, councillors and representatives of community groups were present at the annual discussions held in Dingo, Bluff, Comet and Karamarra.


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