Proposal to reduce speed limit at Coonalpyn silos | POLL

JAM-PACKED: A snapshot of the many vehicles stopped at Coonalpyn to admire the new mural on the Silos on Easter Monday. Photo: Supplied.

JAM-PACKED: A snapshot of the many vehicles stopped at Coonalpyn to admire the new mural on the Silos on Easter Monday. Photo: Supplied.

The Coorong District Council will lobby to reduce the speed limit at Coonalpyn after record traffic stopping to admire the Silos resulted in a car accident on Easter Monday.

If successful, the speed limit could be reduced from 60 to 50 kilometres an hour along the Coonalpyn stretch of the Dukes Highway.

At the April meeting, councillor Julie Barrie moved that council write to the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) requesting the speed limit be reduced for the safety of drivers and the increased foot traffic around town.

Councillor Mick O'Hara was unconvinced, stating that the Coonalpyn stretch of the Dukes Highway was a long stretch and council would merely be raising revenue for the government. 

Majority vote ruled that council would make the request to DPTI and await response.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Nat Traeger said council were already reacting the influx of traffic.

“We’ve put in a one-way parking bay adjacent to the silos and advertised parking warning signs are on their way,” she said.

“The warning signs will provide a 200 metre buffer to let people know the silos are coming up parking is available.”

She said the sudden rush had led to traffic building in front of residential properties and council would use its power under parking regulations to address it.

With the overwhelming number of cars drawn in by the silos over the Easter weekend, Ms Traeger said the septic tank at the public toilets and the rubbish bins were feeling the heat.

“The septic tank just can’t cope at the moment and the bins can’t keep up either with the increased volume,” she said.

Ms Traeger said businesses in Coonalpyn were also reporting a substantial increase in customer volume.

She said council would continue to monitor safety around the silos as its popularity continues to boom.

In response to the promise that came with the Silo art mural, locals Brett and Tracy Dewhurst opened the Coonalpyn Silo Cafe.

The cafe has the best seat in the house, sitting directly across from the Silos and enjoying the business that has rushed in since artist Guido van Helton got to work in February.

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