Wombat crossing to be installed outside Co-op

Transport Minister and Schubert MP Stephan Knoll announcing the $200,000 funding today in Nuriootpa
Transport Minister and Schubert MP Stephan Knoll announcing the $200,000 funding today in Nuriootpa

A State Government funding boost has ensured that a “wombat” crossing will be built outside the Nuriootpa Co-op Mall, aiming to address major pedestrian and traffic safety concerns in the area.

With the redeveloped Co-op mall and a rapidly increasing population, the safety of motorists and pedestrians in this busy junction has become a serious issue.

Minister for Transport and Schubert MP Stephan Knoll said pedestrians in the heart of Nuriootpa can look forward to improved safety and retail outlets access thanks to a $200,000 commitment from the State Government. 

“The idea is that this will help to slow people down around this area and that’s important as we’ve now got a hugely increased traffic load in and around this area,” Mr Knoll said.

There have been two road traffic accidents here in the last two months, with the most recent resulting in a woman being sent to hospital after her car collided with a truck. 

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) has recently concluded planning and design work and proposes to install a “wombat” crossing and new LED lighting on Gawler Street adjacent to The Co-op mall. 

Mr Knoll said this preliminary work identified the $70,000 awarded through the Fund My Neighbourhood program would not be sufficient to complete the project. 

“This is a massive win for Nuriootpa pedestrian safety.”

“The initial funding of $70,000 was awarded last year to install a crossing on Gawler Street and allow pedestrians to move safely from The Co-op’s new shopping mall to retail stores on the other side.

“Extensive planning and design work undertaken by DPTI this year quickly revealed a greater investment was required.

“As a result, we were able to boost funding for this project to ensure this much needed infrastructure will be delivered in the new year.”

The wombat crossing will align with the mall’s northern entrance, about 100 metres to the west of the Gawler and Murray Street intersection.

Mr Knoll noted that there may be a need to move some street parking to facilitate the new crossing.

A wombat crossing is a raised platform designed to help pedestrians cross busy roads. A 40 kilometre an hour speed limit applies within 30 to 50 metres of the crossing and drivers must stop for anyone crossing or about to cross the road. 

Mr Knoll said works were scheduled to commence in mid-March 2019 and expected to be completed by April 2019, weather permitting. 

Prior to the commencement of works, the community is invited to provide feedback until Friday, December 21.

Responses can be submitted by calling 1300 794 880, emailing dpti.communityrelations@sa.gov.au or mailing DPTI, Reply Paid 1533, ADELAIDE SA 5001 (no stamp required)