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YET another accident at a busy
Gawler Belt intersection has
renewed calls for further safety
measures to be carried out at
Xavier College is calling for a
roundabout at a busy Redbanks
and Kentish roads intersection
near the school following an ac-
cident at the site between two ve-
hicles during a peak traffic period,
just before 9am last Thursday.
It adds to the long list of acci-
dents which have occurred at the
intersection over the years.
A left-turn lane was constructed
at the site by the transport depart-
ment in 2010 to improve access
and safety for motorists travelling
to Xavier College, but the school's
principal Lynn Martin said, while
there has been dramatic improve-
ment since the upgrade, further
work was needed.
"It's been a long-standing issue
and, over the years, we've had vari-
ous meetings with local councils
and transport authorities in rela-
tion to the intersection," he said.
"I think everyone knows that
a roundabout would be the best
solution on the corner but, in the
absence of sufficient funds, that's
not been forthcoming."
The transport department cur-
rently has no plans for further up-
grades at the intersection, however
a spokesperson said it would con-
tinue to monitor the site.
"...at this time the intersection is
considered to be operating within
acceptable limits, with no record-
ed casualty crashes in the past five
years," the spokesperson said.
As The Bunyip reported last
year, Light Regional Council has
undertaken a review of the local
road network, which showed that
speeding and traffic congestion are
significant problems in the area.
Light Regional Council did not
respond to The Bunyip's enquiries
Gawler police sergeant Paul
Henderson said police did not
believe the intersection was an ac-
cident hot spot but have encoun-
tered several incidents of speeding
further down Kentish Road.
However, Mr Henderson said
the incidents of speeding have
"slowed for the time being".
Police data shows two accidents
have taken place on Kentish Road
since January last year and three
on Redbanks Road.
BAROSSA Council plans to rein
in its spending in the coming
financial year by restricting new
projects in the 2014/15 draft
Council is expecting to deliver a
deficit of $12,000 in the 2014/15 as
a result of its restrained spending.
A 4.9 per cent rate rise has been
proposed for the 2014/15 financial
year but council has stated on aver-
age residential ratepayers will only
experience a 4.47 per cent rise.
Under the proposed increase, a
home owner with a $309,000 prop-
erty will pay an additional $79 this
Council will also raise wastewater
management fees by two per cent,
as well as waste and recycling fees by
2.9 per cent.
Key initiatives in this year's bud-
get include the Barossa Cycle Hub,
currently under development, Nu-
riootpa Centennial Park cabin re-
placements, bathroom facilities for
Talunga Park and town centre im-
provements in Mount Pleasant and
Council will also spend $300,000
on rural road re-sheeting.
Mayor Brian Hurn said council
has been focusing its investment
on core services, as opposed to new
projects to balance the budget.
"We have parked non-essential
new initiatives and focused on con-
solidation rather than spending,
which we believe is in the commu-
nity's best interests," he said.
Mr Hurn said council this year
has also been hit with rising power
and water costs as well as a $230,000
cut in Federal Government support,
creating further challenges for the
Residents can provide feedback
on the draft budget through the
council website or its Facebook page
by June 18.
The community can also address
council at a meeting on June 24,
10am, at the Nuriootpa council
-- Natalie Vikhrov
Barossa Council set
to rein in spending
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Last week's collision at the Redbanks and Kentish roads intersection adds to the list of accidents which have
occurred at the site over the years.
PHOTOS: Natalie Vikhrov
Calls for roundabout
A Honda Civic and a Commodore collided at the intersection of Redbanks
and Kentish roads intersection just before 9am last Thursday.
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