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For Safety's Sake

January 17, 2022
Dianah Walter

This is a copy of the letter I have sent to The Hon Vincent Tarzia MP, Minister for Police, Emergency Services, Correctional Services and Road Safety via email MinisterTarzia@sa.gov.au in the hope of having the Marion Bay Community's concerns addressed, for safety's sake.

Dear Minister Tarzia

Speed Limit - Stenhouse Bay Rd, (Yorke Highway) Marion Bay

& provision for safe parking adjacent the Marion Bay General Store

It has been my privilege to be in consultation with members of the Marion Bay Community (Southern Yorke Peninsula), in an effort to have their very real safety concerns about a speed limit, along a stretch of busy road that runs adjacent the township, addressed. 

The road is also the only access point to the township and in the vicinity of the Marion Bay General Store.  The General Store is the AusPost agent and offers fuel, groceries, takeaway food, fishing equipment, bait and ice for residents and visitors alike.

This stretch of road is the only entry/exit to the acclaimed Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park which has, in the past 12 months, received unprecedented levels of visitation as South Australians and visitors from interstate explore their own ‘back-yard’ during the global pandemic. 

Background

In 2018 the Yorke Peninsula Council undertook a review of all township speed limits that are not governed by the default linear speed limit of 50km/h, including within the township of Marion Bay.  As part of the speed limit review in Marion Bay, in its consultation with the Marion Bay community, Council asked if the township speed zone on the Yorke Highway should be reduced from 90km/h to 60km/h.

The speed limit review culminated in a report being presented to the December 2018 Council meeting, with one of the recommendations in the report being that Council endorse the recommendation to the then Department of Planning, Transport, and Infrastructure (DPTI) for the speed limit along the Yorke Highway, Marion Bay to be reduced from 90km/h to 60km/h.

Subsequently, Council staff contacted DPTI to request a review of the speed limit along the Yorke Highway, Marion Bay.

DPTI undertook this review; however, found that a reduction in the speed limit upon the Yorke Highway, Marion Bay from 90km/h to 60km/h was not warranted as the road was not considered to have a partially built-up roadside environment typical of a township in a rural area where a 60km/h speed limit might be considered.  (I would argue that the Marion Bay Township is not a “typical” township in a rural area in this context and that should be taken into consideration.)

This was similar to the findings of a review undertaken by DPTI earlier in that year.  However, DPTI did reduce the speed limit upon the Yorke Highway, Marion Bay from *90km/h to 80km/h.   *Note: some records indicate it was previously designated 100km/h.

The Yorke Highway, Marion Bay is a state road under the care and control of the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT).  As the Yorke Council has supported and instigated speed limit reviews in the past, Council believes that any further requests to reduce the speed limit upon the Yorke Highway, Marion Bay is a matter for DIT and the Marion Bay community and wishes them well in their endeavours.

New Urgent Consideration to lower the speed limit & provide safe parking options

No one could have predicted the global pandemic nor the amount of the increase in intrastate travel to our State’s pristine regions since the global pandemic hit our shores in early 2020.  It is my view that an urgent review is required as the ‘landscape’ is now very different to that of 2018.  I have attached images, provided by community members of the stretch of road so you may see the issue from the comfort of your desk. 

That said, I invite you to visit and see first-hand.  Here is some feedback from the community and I have attached a letter of support attached from the Marion Bay Progress Association

Feedback from Community Members

“The T intersection, on the right side (where you need to walk to get to Marion Bay - it's actually a ditch, so it's extremely hard to push a pram because of the angle, sandiness, and puddles in wet weather.  (When the images where taken) a vehicle came absolutely flying around the corner!  The dream would be footpaths to help keep young families, and pedestrians safe.” -  Tiffany (also Marion Bay Progress Committee member,  new mum, owner of Bayside Glamping, and owner of 3996 Marion Bay Road ( across from the General Store).

 “I live at Peregrine a drive and walk my dogs and toddler every day on that road , unfortunately with no footpath we have to walk on the road and go quick to the side when a car come flying on our direction.  It’s not nice, it’s not safe and definitely scary as we had close encounters with distracted drivers or drivers  don’t care and don’t even consider driving a bit slower and away from us . Would be very nice if the speed limit can be reduced and even better if we can have a footpath there (I know I am probably dreaming asking that, but why not ) - Ana

Your urgent attention in addressing the matter of the speed limit and of safe parking, in favour of the Marion Bay Community would be greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Dianah Walter

Independent Candidate for Narungga

Att: images & letter of support from Marion Bay Progress Association

cc The Hon Corey Wingard MP - Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

     Lee Odenwalder MP – Shadow Minister for Police & Road Safety

     Mr Andrew Cameron, CEO, Yorke Peninsula Council

     Mr Robert Rigoni, President, Marion Bay Progress Association             

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