Pomonal Speed Safe Initiative
Work is progressing on the Pomonal Speed Safe Initiative after residents came out in force to vote for their preferred traffic treatment option at the town’s primary school in April.
The initiative originated from community concerns about the high speeds some drivers travelled through Pomonal, with four concepts developed and presented to residents last month.
At a community consultation held in May, Pomonal residents were asked to vote on the four concepts, with the primary school idea (see concept sketches below) proving the most popular.
Data collected by Council in 2018 showed around 25% of vehicles travelled through the town at speeds higher than the 60kmh limit. Although there are plenty of traditional speed signs in Pomonal, drivers are either not noticing them or are ignoring them, which is extremely concerning.
As a result, it was decided a more innovative approach was needed to give drivers greater visual cues that they are driving through a built-up area and need to slow down.
Ararat Rural City Council received $50,000 from Regional Roads Victoria’s Towards Safer Speeds Challenge grant program for the project. Council surveyed the community and received fantastic ideas about how to tackle the issue, then engaged a landscape architect to develop four concepts that will help these ideas come to life. Council is now seeking more funding in a bid to complete the other three ideas.
The four concepts are:
- Pomonal Primary School – installing a pedestrian crossing, creating a gathering space for student drop off and pick up, landscaping, widening the footpath and installing public art.
- Sculptural town entrances – using local artists, creating large town entrance signs referencing the natural environment, surrounded by native landscaping.
- General Store intersection – road and traffic treatments to better delineate the intersection and better manage traffic flow, and the installation of large public art pieces.
- Pomonal Community Hall – installation of a sculptural fence, landscape plantings, signage and grouped seating areas.
The Pomonal Primary School project was the most popular, with the intersection concept coming second, the town entrances third and the Pomonal Community Hall fourth.
The project is being driven by a group of committed residents including representatives from the Pomonal Primary School and the Pomonal Progress Association.
Image below: Pomonal residents Barb Venn and Jill Miller at the community consultation in April.