For some time now a flock of geese have been enjoying the surrounds of the Walter J Smith Park and many residents and visitors enjoy seeing the geese in the park.
From time to time the geese wander out of the park and across Main Road. As this is a busy road, the wandering geese have at times become a hazard for motorists.
In October 2018, Council, Riddells Creek Police and VicRoads asked to the community of Riddells Creek to share their ideas on how to keep the community safe, including the geese!
Council would like to thank the Riddells Creek community for the terrific feedback that has been provided regarding the geese at Walter J Smith Park.
It was obvious from the many comments received that the geese are a much loved and admired part of the community and for many residents a symbol of their community.
A range of suggestions and ideas for keeping the geese, drivers and pedestrians safe were put forward, however there were essentially four key themes. As a result of this feedback, Council will be working with the community and relevant agencies over the next six months to investigate and hopefully implement the following actions:
- Advocate to VicRoads to reduce the speed limit to 50 km/h on Main Road near the intersection of Sunbury and Riddell Road (currently 70 km/h)
- Install additional warning signs on Main Rd advising of geese
- Install signage at the park regarding the feeding of the geese focusing on education
- Install pedestrian gates at the entrance to the park