Redland City acts on Coroner’s findings
Redland City Council will review the speed limits on Russell Island roads
and look at improving lighting along its major traffic routes.
It follows acceptance at today’s Council meeting of the Coroner’s
recommendations following the inquest into the death of 14-year-old Ethan
Stephenson on the Southern Moreton Bay island in 2014.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was committed to doing
everything in its power to improve safety on local roads.
“This was a terrible tragedy and it is incumbent on all authorities involved
– Council, the Transport and Main Road departments and the police – to look
at what can be done better,’’ Cr Williams said.
“Council has ordered a review of speed limits on the island, as well as an
assessment of street lighting and shared pathways along the major traffic
“The Coroner also made recommendations in relation to the enforcement of
driving rules and road regulations and I wrote to the Premier in August
asking the State to act on the Coroner’s recommendations.
“Of particular note is the Coroner’s recommendation for the State Government
to introduce a public bus service to the island utilising the TransLink Go-
Card system and I have asked the Premier to consider extending this to all
“The Coroner also asks the State Government to increase police presence and
facilities on Russell Island and for the Department of Transport and Main
Roads to work with Council and local schools on a safety campaign to promote
safe road use by children.
“Again I have asked that this be extended to all our islands and advised
that Council stands ready to work with the state on these initiatives.”
Local Councillor Mark Edwards (Division 5) said the Coroner’s report, which
was delivered in July, found Council’s efforts to improve pedestrian safety
on Russell Island were adequate.
“But recommendations were made in regard to speed limits and lighting which
Council is acting on,’’ Cr Edwards said.
“We have instructed our speed management committee to review limits on all
Russell Island roads and look at whether the speed limit on sealed roads
should be reduced to 50km/h,’’ Cr Edwards said.
“The island’s dirt roads already have a 40km/h limit, along with the ferry
terminal area and school zones during school hours.
“Council will also work with Russell Island residents to determine whether
priority should be given to increasing street lighting on the Island, while
we will also assess whether the shared pathway system should be extended to
“We want the results by next June so we can fund and implement an action
plan for the island.”