SIGN OF THE TIMES: Diana Semmler is worried poor signage is part of the reason people are driving in the vehicle-free area.
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Diana Semmler is worried poor signage is part of the reason people are driving in the vehicle-free area. Trish Bowman

Signs all point to danger

IN RESPONSE to last week's article in the Mirror about vehicles on the southern part of Farnborough Beach off the Bangalee ramp exit, resident Diana Semmler is calling for an improvement to signage before there is a fatality.Mrs Semmler said she had stopped walking her dog on the popular beach because it had become too dangerous."There have been far too many close calls on this area of beach and it is about time Rockhampton Regional Council did something about the signage to clarify just where vehicles can and can't go," Mrs Semmler said."The hoons are not the only problem. People are ignorant of the regulations because the signs are old, faded, damaged and just not clear enough."I contacted one of the councillors prior to the last elections, who told me something would definitely be done but I am still waiting and incidents like the puppy being run over last week just keep happening."Mrs Semmler said she had to be on constant alert while walking on the now notorious stretch of beach which took away the enjoyment, so now she drove the extra distance closer to town to ensure the safety and security of both herself and her beloved pet."I truly fear a child is going to be run over in the area. Motorbikes come screaming across the sand dunes, causing environmental damage and terrifying the people on the beach."You see children playing on the beach and four-wheel drives weaving around them. It is far too dangerous and I think if council could just make the signage clearer and step up the policing of the area, it would deter many people and possibly prevent someone being badly hurt."A Rockhampton Regional Council spokesperson said signage regarding local laws, in particular beaches, was an area being reviewed by the council.The spokesperson said the signs at Bangalee ramp had been inspected and were considered to be in a serviceable and visible condition. "If residents are concerned about the state of signs around the region, contact Rockhampton Regional Council customer service on 1300 22 55 77," the spokesperson said.



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