Calls for pedestrian crossing

HUNTLY residents are petitioning the City of Greater Bendigo to install a permanent pedestrian crossing at the Midland Highway, opposite Huntly Primary School.

At present there is a school crossing in the area, which operates in the mornings and afternoons, but residents say there is no safe way to cross the road during business hours.

Kathryn Stanislawski, a Huntly resident, said the issue was brought to her attention through her duties as a parent helper at the Huntly kindergarten, which is on the opposite side of the highway to the primary school.

"I assisted as a parent helper and we crossed as a group between the kinder and the primary school ... it was very difficult to cross the highway safely," she said.

"The kinder children visit the primary school a few times each year. 

"Similarly, grade five buddies from the primary school also cross over to the kinder."

Ms Stanislawski has started a Facebook page on the issue and a petition, which has so far garnered 150 signatures.

She will be speaking to the council to press the issue further.

Liberal Party candidate for the state seat of Bendigo East, Greg Bickley said he was throwing his support behind the campaign.

"I was contacted by Kathryn and she raised a very important issue with me about a safer way to cross the Midland Highway," Mr Bickley said.

"Huntly, like many areas in Bendigo, is experiencing tremendous growth with new housing developments in the vicinity.

"This puts increased pressure on the need for road infrastructure and in this case a safer way for residents to cross this highway that is getting busier all the time.

“To support this growing area of Huntly I would be keen to do what I can to push for a permanent traffic light in this area.

"I've met with Kathryn and I'll be taking this through the appropriate channels."

Mr Bickley said he would encourage concerned residents to sign the petition and view the Facebook page.

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