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Council work to slow local traffic and green urban spaces recognised

6 May 2014

The introduction of 40km/h speed limits on local roads and its creative approach to building new pocket parks has won Council award nominations.

Innovative approaches to convert under-utilised roads into community parks and spaces saw Council beat out entries from Victoria and Tasmania to win the Open Space Planning category at the Parks and Leisure Awards announced in Geelong in late April.

The award recognised Council's work to introduce green pockets into Richmond and Collingwood, areas with few parks or open spaces due to their former industrial history.

New parks at Peel Street and Oxford Street in Collingwood are typical of this work. The awards win sees Yarra nominated as a national finalist in the awards, to be held in Cairns later this year.

Meanwhile, Yarra's adoption of 40km speed limits on all local roads received a special commendation in the Safe Speeds category of the Towards Zero Awards presented by the TAC in early May.

Yarra is one of the first local government areas in Australia to introduce 40km/h speed limits to its local roads.

The lower limits are an initiative that has flowed from Council's Local Area Traffic Managment (LATM) program which methodically analyses local traffic trends in Yarra and then implements different treatments (speed humps, road closures, adjusted limits, new signage etc) to help manage local traffic.

Further information
Toby Walker
Acting Coordinator - Communications
9205 5120

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