YOUNG South Dudley resident Maya Fraser was so concerned about the safety of people crossing Graham Street in front of Rose Lodge, she thought she should do something about it.
The Bass Coast Shire Council constructed a pedestrian crossing there last year to provide safe access to the Guide Park from Rose Lodge and the Wonthaggi Hospital for the frail and elderly.
School kids, like Maya who’s about to start Year 7 at Wonthaggi Secondary College, also frequently use the crossing.
But Maya said she had seen too many near misses with drivers not noticing the pedestrians who have the right of way.
Just before Christmas, she wrote to the council and requested flashing lights also be installed.
The response was swift and affirmative. Lights are now flashing and drivers can’t miss it, and Maya is thrilled that she’s helped make a difference.
“I’d like to thank the Bass Coast Shire for its quick response and encourage all kids to have their say and write letters to our council if they’re passionate about their community.”
Bass Coast Shire’s general manager, Infrastructure, Felicity Sist, said the cost of the lighting was $10,000 which came from a funding allocation for the installation of new public lights which are assessed on a priority basis.
“These works came up as a priority because the pedestrian crossing is used by such a diverse number of people such school children, hospital patients, Rose Lodge residents as well as the general public,” Ms Sist said.
“A large number of these pedestrians have restricted mobility so it is very important that the council provides a crossing point that meets their needs and is safe for them to use.
“The installation of the lights has also complemented the works council completed last year with the installation of the zebra crossing road markings.”
Mayor Pamela Rothfield said she was impressed with Maya’s initiative to raise the matter with the council.
“It’s so great to have young people engaging with council and taking action on issues that concern the community.”
Maya’s making a difference