Bayside Council’s No Hooning Campaign calling for the State Government to install speed cameras on Bay Street in Brighton Le Sands is gaining momentum with over 300 emails from concerned residents being sent to the Minister for Transport, the Hon. Andrew Constance, via its online petition.
Bayside Mayor Joe Awada said that despite the large number of emails neither, the Minister or the Department has responded.
“The only correspondence we have received is a letter from a department officer advising that emails should not be sent to the Minister, but rather to a generic email within the Department,” he said.
“I was a little surprised, as that would be like my staff telling Bayside residents they can’t talk to the Mayor or their elected Councillors to let them know about an issue or concern.
“I continue to urge anyone concerned about the dangers of hooning in our community to go online and complete our email petition to the Minister,” he said.
Council is now set to step up its campaign by seeking the support of the local police to have a more visible presence in the area, particularly on the weekend.
“Our residents are very concerned, as are we, that the continued behaviour of some in our community is putting lives at risk for the broader community.
“We must act now to protect the public health and safety of residents, visitors and businesses in our busy Bay Street and surrounding streets in Brighton Le Sands,” the Councillors said in their motion.
Council will investigate a number of additional traffic calming measures and actions including discussions with the Local Area Commander about extra patrols.
A report will be prepared for a future Council meeting.
The No Hooning petition calling for the State Government to install speed cameras on Bay Street in Brighton is on Council’s website.