MOTORISTS speeding through Pomonal will be the target of a new anti-speeding initiative following a $50,000 grant from VicRoads to Ararat Rural City Council.
Council will use the grant to initiate the Pomonal Speed Smart Initiative following ongoing concerns over speeding through the town.
Ararat Rural City Council mayor Gwenda Allgood said the project would look at ways to address the ongoing issue.
“Council is pleased to partner with VicRoads and work with the community to address this important issue in one of our rural towns,” she said.
“Recently there has been signage erected in Pomonal, but it has had little effect in slowing traffic down. This project will investigate other innovative ways to reduce speed,” she said.
The town receives plenty of tourist traffic which has only added to the issue, Cr Allgood said.
“Pomonal is such a vibrant, thriving community and there is a lot happening around the town, so we really want to make sure everyone is safe, particularly as this road is one of the main entrance points to the Grampians,” she said.
A project control group has been established to lead the Pomonal Speed Smart Initiative, and the group had its first meeting earlier this month.
Northern Grampians Highway Patrol Sergeant Shaun Allan welcomed the news.
“There has been an issue there for a number of years, more so with the tourist traffic,” he said.
“We have numerous speed detections over the year there – we actually do static checks there. [The initiative is] good news – we definitely support it,” he said.