Darren Grindrod: North West ward candidate 2020

Responses to Survey Questions from Darren Grindrod

1. What are your most important priorities to increase pedestrian safety specifically in the ward you hope to represent as well as in the rest of Moreland?

Awareness through increased awareness of potential hazards. This would be via increased publicity, and signs.

2. If elected, what will you do to help reduce pedestrian road trauma in Moreland?   

I would push for a review of all potential danger spots, and urge fellow councillors to join me in passing a motion to rectify these, along with a workable time frame.

3. What vision do you have to actively encourage older adults to walk in Moreland?

With the provision of safe well lit walk paths, and an information campaign advising older adults of these.

4. In what ways should Council increase its investment in the maintenance and improvements to footpaths and other outdoor public infrastructure to reduce falls injuries?

First of all by being aware of the state of these via community consultation. Priorities can set, again with a dedicated workable time frame for rectification.

5. If elected, how will you encourage Council to implement proven street design measures to reduce vehicle speeds?

With the support of fellow councillors we would pass a motion to review and reduce speeds to 40 km/h in all suburban streets.

6. What measures would you implement to stop speeding near schools?

  1. Consider speed bumps.   
  2. Encourage greater police presence around school commencement and finish times.

7. What improvements are needed for footpaths to make them safer for pedestrians after dark?   

Well lit paths, preferably solar.

8. The majority of surveyed Sydney Rd. users support the removal of all on-street parking to make way for wider footpaths and protected cycling lanes in both directions. Do you agree with this and if so, how would you work to achieve this if elected?

This is a huge and almost a no win proposal. Businesses require access via parking. My thoughts are that a task force comprised of business owners, community groups and council planning staff as well as a councillor could be formed. As a new councillor i would be happy to promote and if found to be capable of, lead it.

9. What strategies are needed by Council, in collaboration with the State Government, to introduce a driver education campaign in regard to stopping for, giving way and slowing down for pedestrians at intersections, zebra crossings, school crossings and other hot spots?

A strategy of awareness, education, and reviewing current crossings and hot spots would the first stage.

10. As the local population grows, so does local traffic and through traffic. How do you propose to address the competing interests of different transport users i.e. pedestrians, cyclists, private and commercial vehicle drivers and public transport (trams and buses)?

The inexorable growth of Moreland brings with it many challenges. A broad ranging strategy to allow for these interests, and how the interact together must be instigated. Community consultation must be encouraged and applauded in order to be able to implement such a strategy.