Council is responsible for the maintenance and management of local roads and traffic within the Local Government Area (LGA).
Council employs local area traffic management schemes, such as speed bumps, angles slow points (chicanes), roundabouts, road narrowings, pedestrian refuges and turning bans with a view to reduce speeds, lower traffic volumes and improve safety.
To determine if a street requires traffic management, Council undertakes surveys of vehicle speeds and traffic volumes, as well as analysing accident data. Plans for appropriate solutions are developed. Options are then discussed with residents prior to seeking approval through the Local Traffic Committee.
Rather than installing traffic calming devices, residents often request that roads are closed or half-closed, however this cannot be done without Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) consent. Before a road is closed, the RMS together with Council must carefully consider the impacts that this closure will have on surrounding streets.