New 40 km/h Making the Community Safer

Following consultation with the community in 2023, the City of Burnside has completed the process of converting six precincts to 40 km/h zones.

Six new zones as voted through the consultation are as of April 40 km/h, with the goal of increasing community safety and reducing damage and injury incidents.

The new 40 km/h zones are:

• Rose Park, Dulwich and Toorak Gardens

• Beulah Park and Kensington Park (part – north of The Parade)

• Frewville, Glenunga and Glen Osmond (part)

• Kensington Park (part – south of The Parade)

• Kensington Gardens (part) and Magill (part – west of Penfold Road)

• Magill (part – east of Penfold Road).

City of Burnside CEO Chris Cowley said the six new zones would help to deal with many of the issues community members discussed during the consultation period, including speeding, cut through traffic and safety.

‘This is going to be a massive positive impact on our community,’ Mr Cowley said.

‘This came to Council because Council listened to the community. We were receiving an immense amount of feedback where people were sharing their stories where they, or their children, had near misses with vehicles exceeding the previous 50 km/h limit.’

Originally proposed across seven areas in the city, following community engagement, feedback came back against speed limit changes in Eastwood, while the other six were in favour by the majority. Full consultation results are available for public viewing on the engage.burnside website.

‘This process has been in the works for quite some time now and I want to thank our community for their patience while we sorted out the logistics,’ Mr Cowley said.

‘When we read the comments, it was reassuring to Council that we were heading down the right path through this speed reduction.’

Fully in effect from late April, the new 40 km/h zones are a part of the city’s strategic plan for a more cohesive and connected community.

City of Burnside Mayor Anne Monceaux said the involvement and passion of the community was what was able to make this project come to pass.

‘This change had to come from the community,’ Mayor Monceaux said. ‘If the community didn’t support it, we can’t force onto people something if they have not had a say. Community feedback was essential.’

‘I really want to thank everyone who participated in the engagement. The community has spoken.’


Why did the City of Burnside suggest changing speed limits in these areas?

Following concerns raised by residents Council thought it was appropriate to bring the issue to the community to gauge interest in the changes.

How was the community involved in the decision to create the new 40 km/h zones?

Between 6 March – 31 March 2023, the City of Burnside invited all residents to participate in a community engagement regarding the then proposed speed limit changes across numerous Burnside precincts. A postcard with details was mailed to all residents living in the precincts with the wider consultation promoted across Focus magazine, social media and other platforms. The data from these consultations was then brought to Council which voted to support changes where the community was of a majority in favour.

What are the benefits of the changes?

Lower speed limits will result in fewer road incidents, creating safer precincts for residents, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. These changes will also reduce the amount of traffic ‘rat running’ through side streets.

When do the new speeds take effect?

40 km/h zones are in effect as of April 2024.

How will the new speed limits be enforced?

As with all speeding infractions across the state, South Australian Police (SAPOL) will be tasked with enforcing the new speed limits and delegating any fines resulting from infractions. If

residents have any concerns regarding the adherence to the new limits, please contact SAPOL.

Where does the raised revenue from speeding infringements go?

As mentioned above, all fines will be delegated by SAPOL, therefore all revenue raised is collected by the State Government for use in various funding programs. The City of Burnside will not earn any revenue from SAPOL enforcement activities.

What about Eastwood?

Even though the residents of Eastwood did not support the introduction of 40 km/h on their local streets, Council is undertaking a Local Area Study to understand transport safety,

accessibility and liveability issues, concerns and opportunities in the suburb. Based on the result of the study, Council will develop a suburb specific Precinct Plan that highlights the actions Council intends to take to improve local transport safety, accessibility, and liveability.

CEO Chris Cowley and Mayor Anne Monceaux

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