There's now a safer way to cross the road for Kialla Gardens Village residents with the opening for a new zebra crossing on Waranga Dve.
The crossing, complete with flashing lights to warn motorists to slow down, was installed recently after Shepparton Villages and Greater Shepparton City Council both contributed $20 000 to fund the $40 000 project.
The upgrade was requested by Shepparton Villages as many of its residents cross Waranga Dve to go to the Kialla Lakes shops or to use the walking path through adjacent parkland.
Shepparton Villages chief executive officer Kevin Bertram said the crossing would benefit the Kialla Gardens Village residents, as well as other people who lived on Waranga Dve.
"There's 64 very frail residents living in our aged-care facilities as well as 140 retired people and they all like to go for walks to the park across from the village as well as the nearby corner shop," Mr Bertram said.
"Waranga Dve is a very busy road and some drivers do go quite fast through there.
"It's not safe at all sometimes. And it's not just the residents that will benefit — it's the pedestrians and others who live around the area as well."
Greater Shepparton Mayor Geoff Dobson said the crossing made it much safer for residents and hoped it would remind motorists to be more careful.
"I urge all local residents and visitors to recognise that elderly residents use the zebra crossing and be careful when driving through the area," he said.
"It's a great little community project that now gives Kialla Gardens residents and the general public a much safer option for crossing Waranga Dve."
As printed in the Shepparton News on Friday, July 16, 2010.