A video of a Holden ute crashing into a homeowner's fence on Vanston Parade in Sans Souci shows the latest in a string of hoon-related incidents in the suburbs around Brighton Le Sands according to residents, and Bayside Council has now launched a campaign against the behaviour.
The video, taken from a homeowner's security camera, was posted on the Sans Souci Community group page on Facebook and shows a car driving around the bend around 12.20am on the morning of Sunday, March 14.
The ute misjudges the corner and side-swipes a residential fence, causing damage to the brickwork and gate, before pulling in to join other cars in the opposite Vanston Parade carpark - which is designated No Stopping between 9pm and 5am.
The resident said in an email to Bayside Councillors: "The situation is getting worse since they closed Kyeemagh and Sanoni Avenue Carparks by gating them off last year. All the issues have now been pushed down to Ida Street and Vanston Parade."
Bayside Council recently launched a campaign encouraging the NSW Government to install speed cameras on both sides of Bay Street, Brighton Le Sands, between Moate Avenue and The Grand Parade to deter loud and speeding vehicles.
The council encourages residents to add their voice to the campaign at bayside.nsw.gov.au/community/campaigns which will be passed on to Roads and Transport Minister Andrew Constance who the council says has the power to approve speed cameras at the location.
According to council, over 300 emails have been sent so far, via the online petition.
However, Mayor Joe Awada said, neither the Minister nor Department had responded.
"I was a little surprised, as that would be like my staff telling Bayside residents they can't talk to the Mayor or their elected Councillors to let them know about an issue or concern," the Mayor said.
At a Bayside Council meeting on March 10, council resolved to look into funding off-duty police to conduct foot patrols along Bay Street and surrounding streets to target anti-social behaviour, including car hoons on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Council would also investigate a number of additional traffic calming measures.
Rockdale MP Steve Kamper said he had been fighting to get speed cameras on The Grand Parade for many years now, and was fully supportive of Bayside Council joining the effort.
"I'll be speaking in Parliament this Thursday to once again demand the Minister takes our community's concerns seriously," he told the Leader on Tuesday (March 16).
When asked what his message for the Roads and Transport Minister would be, he said: "Our community wants these cameras installed. We don't need to wait for a fatality, we need action now."
A group named Peaceful Bayside has also been campaigning for measures - including speeding cameras - to deter hoons in the area.
Group member Carmela Savoca said: "If the hoons are hit where it hurts - their hip pocket - we will see a decrease in the incidence of anti-social behaviour, behaviour which is causing so much disruption and distress to so many people."
"We believe it's important to stand up to those who do the wrong thing so that we can once again have a safe and peaceful place to live, work and visit," Ms Savoca said.
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