Maranoa Regional Council generic. Lachlan Berlin
Maranoa Regional Council generic. Lachlan Berlin

Councillors push for pedestrian crossing in Roma CBD

Despite back and forth debate about whether a zebra crossing in the Roma CBD will be beneficial to some Unity Maranoa member’s businesses, councillors ultimately elected to spend $2500 on a draft plan for a pedestrian crossing on Wyndham St.

A the Wednesday, February 10 council meeting, the majority of councillors agreed on spending $2500 for an engineering assessment of the site between Woolworths and the eastern side of Wyndham St.

First to declare a conflict of interest was mayor Tyson Golder due to his business Golders in the Roma CBD.

However, he said the crossing was too far from his shop to have any real benefit.

He stated he would like to remain in the meeting as it would be in the public’s interest he had a say in the matter.

However, Cr Joh Hancock questioned him stating sometimes he chooses to opt out of the meeting even if it is discussing the CBD.

“I don’t have a problem either way but is there a difference when you choose when it’s in the CBD and other times you hop out,” she asked.

Cr Golder responded, “basically the view is, if I could stay in the room, if it’s close to the business, I would opt out but when this is in a remote part of the CBD, I am concerned I am not representing the people … so that’s why I’m handing it over to council to make the decision”.

Cr Wendy Taylor moved that the mayor participates in the conversation, with Cr George Ladbrook seconding.

However, Cr Mark Edwards opposed the mayor sitting in on the discussion, before declaring a conflict of interest himself.

He opted to leave as he also has a business in the vicinity of Wyndham St and said he could potentially benefit from pedestrian traffic.

Cr Ladbrook didn’t believe his shop Ladbrook’s Butchery had any interest in whether or not there was a pedestrian crossing.

Following the recommendation to council, the remaining eight councillors voted to allocate the money to draft the concept plan for a mid-block pedestrian crossing.

“The reason I brought this to council because of the elderly crossing the road,” Cr Taylor said.

“I’d like to support those comments, I’ve had feedback and we need to keep the residents safe when doing their business,” Cr Golder agreed.

“Thanks Wendy, a power of work for nearly a decade and the Wyndham St crossing was always in the mixing pot, now some of the conceptual work has been done and whether an investment could be made and there’s not an abundant amount of carparks lost this will be a welcome addition,” Cr O’Neil added.

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