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Petition for a controlled crossing in busy street

Petition for a controlled crossing in busy street

Mr Colin Mills, Nuriootpa Newsagency and Mr Roger Hooten, Nuriootpa resident are the driving forces with the Barossa Co-op’s blessing, behind a petition to help The Barossa Council install a controlled crossing.

The pair are calling for support from the community to get the crossing installed along Gawler Street to help with ease of access and safety when moving between the Barossa Mall, Barossa Mitre 10, Betta Electrical, Sportspower and Barossa Home Living. 

Roger and Colin are hoping for the crossing to be installed somewhere between the traffic lights on Murray Street and the new Mitre 10.

Roger explained that although it’s great, all the buildings and extensions, and a larger Mitre 10, it has caused traffic around the Barossa Co-op to get busier and busier.

Both Roger and Colin believe their main concerns are safety and ease of access.

“It’s very difficult at times to cross the road between all the businesses. This is especially on Saturday mornings and after school times,” said Roger, who visits the Co-op three times a week.

“When Cheap as Chips, Aldi and the new Foodland come to the mall it’s going to be a lot worse – we’ll be in trouble then.

“We know these things take a long time.”

Both men agreed that without this crossing, someone is going to get killed, as hundreds of pedestrians, vehicles and the elderly on scooters pass through or cross the road each day.

They started talking about the need for a controlled crossing about a week ago and began the petition, which can be found in both the Mitre 10 and Nuriootpa Newsagency.

In less than a week the Nuriootpa Newsagency received over 80 signatures, with Mitre 10 receiving over 100.

“The word is getting around and we’re aiming for as many signatures as we can get,” said Colin.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.