Myponga Progress Association presents petition to District Council of Yankalilla to review Stephens Road safety issues

CONCERN: Tiger and Larissa Barry and Colette Durling walk along Stephens Road with family members Diesel Barry, Amber Durling and Khai Barry on bikes. Photo: Dani Brown.
CONCERN: Tiger and Larissa Barry and Colette Durling walk along Stephens Road with family members Diesel Barry, Amber Durling and Khai Barry on bikes. Photo: Dani Brown.

Residents along Stephens Road at Myponga have raised their voices over safety concerns along the road, and the council has heard them loud and clear.

Myponga Progress Association chair Larissa Barry presented a petition with 91 signatures and letters of support to the District Council of Yankalilla, asking for a review of safety issues on the road.

"Through the Tour Down Under and the reservoir opening day, we spoke to the community to see what they wanted to change," Mrs Barry said.

"When we brought up Stephens Road (with residents), everyone said it needs to change."

There are concerns with the speed limit, signage and lack of footpaths along the road, which runs along the side of Myponga Primary School and the community club.

As the road heads south, the limit changes from 50km/h to 80km/h, then again to 100km/h only a few hundred metres from the end of the road.

There is no footpath to be used by the 15 children who walk or ride their bikes to school, the Myponga Walkers group, people who hike the Heysen Trail which continues at the end of the road, or the many locals who walk their dogs there.

There has been an increased amount of traffic on the road, with the Fleurieu Milk Company factory and a strawberry farm at the southern end of the road.

Its intersection with Hutchinson Road is confusing, now that one end of Hutchinson Road has changed from a driveway to a road.

Mrs Barry was "really impressed" with the council's response; elected members decided to have a report made.

The report to be presented to the council's December meeting will review speed limits, the Stephens Road and Hutchinson Road intersection, footpaths, street signage, and the possibility of a pedestrian crossing near the community club and school.

Council chief executive Nigel Morris said staff moved "very quickly" on the decision, laying a traffic counter on Stephens Road on Wednesday, October 2. It will remain for two weeks.

The progress association was formed in 2017 to improve the community as it grew, and Mrs Barry said this was one way they could evoke positive change.

"We want to live in a community that gets things done for the better of our community," she said.