Suburb campaigns to slow down

Last updated 13:29 06/06/2014
Berhampore speed limit
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SLOW DOWN: Made in Berhampore's Curtis Nixon and daughter Mia Coles-Nixon, 8, want the speed limit through the Wellington suburb dropped to 30.

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Schools, kindergartens, and retirement homes are dotted around Berhampore's centre but the south Wellington suburb has missed out on speed reductions its neighbouring suburbs get.

This weekend, locals will be on the streets campaigning to drop the speed limit from 50kmh to 30kmh through a large section of Berhampore.

According to campaigner Curtis Nixon, who lives on Adelaide Rd, two children had been hit and injured by cars near the Berhampore shops in the past two years.

His own daughter Mia Coles-Nixon, 9, goes to Berhampore school.

Drivers used the suburb as a route elsewhere with little thought given to safety as they sped through, he said.

''They ignore the people crossing, they run the reds, they cut the corners, and they just speed.''

He and the Made In Berhampore group want to see the speed limit dropped to 30kmh on Adelaide Rd between MacAlister Park and Wakefield Park, Rintoul St from South Wellington Intermediate School to Herald St, and back along Herald St to Adelaide Rd.

Ideally, some back roads around Stanley St would also have their speed limits dropped to stop people taking short cuts through the suburban back streets and avoid the low limits on the main roads, he said.

According to Nixon, there were two schools, two early childcare centres, and three rest homes centred around Berhampore.

In 2010, the speed limit in Newtown was reduced from 50kmh to 40kmh through the centre.

Brooklyn and Island Bay - Berhampore's other neighbouring suburbs - had 30kmh limits through their centres.

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