By Margaret Maccoll
For more than two years residents of Allambi Terrace, Noosaville have urged Noosa Council to improve lighting in Pinaroo Park so they can safely walk to Noosa Junction day and night.
Residents say there is no other path connecting residents of Allambi Terrace or Noosaville to Noosa Junction, the alternative is to walk along the side of the road or drive.
Their campaign included a petition signed by 22 residents in the street.
A spokesman said residents regarded Council’s response to the group as “appalling” when it recommended the pathway only be used during daylight hours and residents walk by the road at night.
Noosa Council’s Civil Operations Manager, Allan Hull said Council was considering lighting the park shelters at night but the proposal was subject to Council’s annual budget considerations and be weighed up against competing projects.
“Park lighting issues could also be considered as part of a future precinct plan for the wider Pinaroo Park area, incorporating the old bowls club site, owned by Coles, and the road reserve between Noosa Drive and Lanyana Way,” he said.
“Council appreciates that while lighting may make the path more appealing at night, and reduce the risk of tripping, as this is a nature reserve it is very difficult to adequately light the entire park and walkway to meet the appropriate light levels for safety.”