State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley has called on the local community to join the campaign for a pedestrian crossing on Pound Road.

Ms Graley visited the site and met with concerned local residents and members of the Hampton Park Seniors Centre and Bowls Club.

“Local residents have told me that it is often too dangerous to attempt to cross Pound Road and many can only do so during peak times when the traffic is bumper to bumper,”

“That’s why I have organised a petition with the Hampton Park Seniors Centre and Bowls Club to call on the Napthine Government to fund the construction of a pedestrian crossing on Pound Road,”

“I would like to see Mr Napthine or indeed the Minister for Roads come down and see for themselves just how bad it is,”

“It’s not just unsafe but almost impossible to do so and I urge the Napthine Government to take action before someone is hurt or worse.”

Ms Graley encouraged local residents to contact her office on 9704 6055 to sign the petition.

Rhonda Diaper, a local resident and member of the Hampton Park Bowls Club said that a pedestrian crossing was urgently needed to ensure the safety of local residents.

“Ever since the upgrade of the Pound Road and South Gippsland Highway intersection there has been a vast increase in the amount of traffic using Pound Road,”

“This has made it very difficult for people attempting to cross Pound Road, in particular members of the Hampton Park Seniors Centre and Bowls Club,”

“A crossing near the seniors centre and bowls club would ensure our members could cross Pound Road safely, whilst also being centrally located for local residents,”

“Please join our campaign to ensure local residents can cross Pound Road safely.”

Neil Shepard, President of Hampton Park Seniors Centre thanked the community for their support so far and urged those who were yet to get involved to do so.

“We’re fighting hard for local residents who are sick and tired of risking their lives
attempting to risk the road,”

“It is getting more and more difficult, not to mention more dangerous for anyone
attempting to cross Pound Road by foot,”

“It’s just not safe and I invite the Premier, Denis Napthine and his Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder to come down and attempt to cross this road with a walker or scooter as many local residents are forced to do each day.”