AN ANOMALY with in-car GPS units is driving Fish Creek residents mad and directing motorists, travelling to and from Wilsons Prom and Waratah Bay, up Old Waratah Road, Fish Creek, much to the chagrin of the people who live on the road.
They should instead be using the better constructed Meeniyan-Promontory Road in and out of town but that’s not what’s happening.
At the most recent meeting of the South Gippsland Shire Council, Cr Meg Edwards presented a petition to council calling for some relief.
The petition signed by 52 residents of Old Waratah Road highlights road safety.
“We the residents of Old Waratah Road Fish Creek have noticed an increase in the number of vehicles using the road over the past year.
“We believe one cause of the increase is the use of GPS in vehicles that advise this road as the shortest direct route to Wilsons Promontory National Park.
“Although there is a sign advising ‘local road only’ and a 50km/h sign, visitors take no notice of the restrictions.
“There are no footpaths on Old Waratah Road and a number of small children reside here, putting walkers and children at risk.
“We suggest that a solution to the problem would be to make Old Waratah Road a No Through Road, closing the exit to the Meeniyan Promontory Road at the southern end and extending the speed limit to 50km/h to that end. This would fix the GPS problem and divert the traffic to the main road as intended by the present local road only sign.”
Cr Edwards presented the petition to council and it will lay on the table for a month, as is customary, and be raised again at the meeting on April 26 by which time officers are to prepare a report.
Old Waratah Road is the former route through Fish Creek to the Prom and some locals still use it as a short-cut. Not any longer if the no-through road proposal gets up.