Vision impaired twins, 11, fight for street crossing

ON A MISSION: (L-R) Twins Kitty and Kareisha Keighley are seeking a pedestrian crossing for Lawrie St in Gracemere.
ON A MISSION: (L-R) Twins Kitty and Kareisha Keighley are seeking a pedestrian crossing for Lawrie St in Gracemere. Lisa Benoit ROK

KITTY and Kareisha Keighley might only be 11 years old, but they are already leaders in their own right.

The pair is concerned with safety on Gracemere's main street and took the issue to the Community Cabinet forum yesterday.

Twins Kitty and Kareisha would like to see a pedestrian crossing near the local shops on Lawrie St, so residents have direct access to cross the busy road safely.

The girls said there was a crossing down the street near the school, but either a zebra crossing or traffic lights needed to be placed further down the street to accommodate the pedestrians on that street.

The girls' first step was to raise the issue at a Gracemere Community Voice meeting to gain support; and yesterday they were in the big leagues speaking with members of parliament.

The girls, who suffer from vision impairments, cannot cross the road safely on their own without a pedestrian crossing so they know cars have stopped.

"People come flying into Gracemere on that street," Kareisha said.

Rockhampton Regional Councillor Ellen Smith is supporting the Gracemere girls and wants to see something done on Lawrie St.

Not only is there a safety issue for those crossing the street, but Cr Smith said the area becomes quite congested during peak hour traffic.

Cr Smith said Gracemere has grown rapidly in the past few years and has a population of 12,000.

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