A Coordinated Approach in Kalbarri

Posted on: Tuesday, 26 February 2019 at 12:00:00 AM

Changes to the speed limit at both the north and south approaches to the town of Kalbarri have been implemented thanks to a coordinated approach involving the community, Main Roads WA, the Shire of Northampton and the Kalbarri RoadWise Committee.

During 2017, the posted speed limit at the south end of Kalbarri on George Grey Drive was reduced from 110km/hr to 80km/hr, close to a residential area. The speed limit change was identified as being too high by the Kalbarri
RoadWise Committee, particularity with visitors entering and exiting the national park on the ocean side.

Once discussed at the RoadWise Committee, the suggestion for a change to the posted speed limit was raised with the Shire of Northampton and Main Roads WA. This was assessed, approved and implemented. In addition to this
change, the 50km/hr speed limit zone on entry to the township of Kalbarri was extended, along with the 60km/hr zone, providing a slower speed environment entering town.

With changes to the national park (and expected additional visitors) on the north side of the Kalbarri township along Adjana-Kalbarri Road, the RoadWise Committee also identified that the 80km/hr speed zone would need to be
extended further. Once again, this change to the posted speed limit was raised with the Shire of Northampton and Main Roads WA, prior to being assessed, approved and implemented.

In addition to changes to local speed limits, five 'Drive Left' signs have recently been installed in the area to remind tourists to drive on the left hand side of the road. The issue was identified by members of the community, local police and the RoadWise Committee, who liaised with the Shire of Northampton to have the signs produced and installed in prominent areas.

Even though the local population is small, Kalbarri has a high tourist population with approximately 90,000 people entering the visitors centre each year and approximately 300,000 people visiting the national parks.

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Pictured above: The 'Drive Left' signs remind tourists to drive on the left hand side of the road.

If you are interested in implementing safe speed initiatives in your region, a 'Safe System Approach - I Can' poster and a Local Safe Speed Initiatives Kit are available, providing practical safe speed related actions
and initiatives for Local Governments and members of the road safety network. Visit the Tools and Resources page of the Road Wise website at https://www.roadwise.asn.au/safe-speeds.aspx to download this
information.

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