Works begin to create a safer Pomonal

Contractors have started construction on the Pomonal Speed Safe Initiative, with work underway outside the town’s primary school last week.

Ararat Rural City Council CEO, Dr Tim Harrison, said it’s great to see work start on the project that originated from community concerns due to high speeds from some drivers travel through Pomonal.

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The project at Pomonal Primary School includes a gathering space for student drop off and pick up, landscaping, installing public art and widening the footpath.

“The project aims to strongly demarcate the town, providing greater visual cues to drivers that they are travelling through a town and need to slow down,” Dr Harrison said.

“The first section of work at the school will provide a safer environment for the children and parents who use the area, and will go a long way in helping drivers understand the need to slow down in the area.”

Work that is currently being done at Pomonal should be completed by late next week, whilst artwork will be introduced at a later date.

“The community committee overseeing the project were really happy to see work start last week and Council is excited to see how the new gardens and artwork will look.”

Data the Council collected last year showed that around 25 per cent of vehicles drove through the town at speeds higher than 60kmh. They say that there are plenty of speed signs around the area and drivers are either ignoring these signs or not noticing them.

Regional Roads Victoria granted the Ararat Rural City Council $50,000 as a part of their Towards Safer Speeds Challenge grant.

PHOTO: Ararat Council

The project is being driven by a group of local residents, including representatives from the Pomonal Progress Association, Regional Roads Victoria, the Pomonal Primary School, and Victoria Police.

The council could only execute one concept at this stage due to limited funding so they asked the community to vote which option they preferred. This deliberation allowed the primary school option to be carried out first.

The council is now seeking more funding to complete the other three ideas:

  • Sculptural town entrances designed by local artists, referencing the natural environment surrounded by native landscaping.
  • General Store intersection which would enable better traffic flow and to better delineate the intersection.
  • Pomonal Community Hall would have an installation of a sculptural fence, signage and grouped sitting areas and landscape plantings.