If you look around Victor Harbor at the moment there is plenty happening.
Aldi has opened its doors, enough dirt is being moved at the Coles/Bunnings site to fill the MCG and a sculpture trail is finally coming to Granite Island.
The sculpture trail will join Oceanic Victor as the new tourist attractions to the island. It is all about progress and offering locals and visitors greater amenities to enjoy in Victor Harbor. However, where is the thought in approving all these developments? It seems there is a directive from North Terrace in Adelaide to just build the bloody things and then worry about everything else later.
To be fair most of the issues raised are out of the council’s hands, as DEWNR controls Granite Island and DPTI controls roads and traffic management. Both are state government departments.
The City of Victor Harbor is acting on the issue as much as it can with a consultation period on how to best manage the area around Adelaide Road where all the action is. The draft Footpath and Crossing Master Plan shows new and proposed pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure on Adelaide Road.
It aims to provide better connectivity to schools, businesses and homes along Adelaide Road and make it safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
The draft Master Plan proposes footpath connections on Hindmarsh Road, Port Elliot Road, Adelaide Road and McCracken Drive. It also suggests a shared pathway from Down Street to Hindmarsh Road continuing along Adelaide Road until Encounter Lutheran School and nine new pedestrian crossing points.
It is important the community responds to this survey so it can be passed on to the relevant government departments.
Hopefully more thought will be generated on traffic management before Coles/Bunnings opens. The traffic and pedestrian chaos being experienced at the Adelaide Road/Agnes Gillespie Road intersection cannot be repeated at school times. With the opening of Aldi it is currently a nightmare.
Please take part and give feedback at www.yoursay.victor.sa.gov.au or hard copy information from the council office. The public consultation period closes at 5pm on Friday, December 22.
The same can be said for the causeway, which badly needs upgrading. With more traffic due to Oceanic Victor and the sculpture trail, the load on the causeway will be increased and it needs more than a band aid solution. Vision please.