Two 10-year-olds have jumped onboard a campaign to prevent wildlife deaths on the Great Ocean Road and improve the safety of their bus-travelling schoolmates.
Apollo Bay P-12 College Grade Four students Angelique Morrison and Chloe Howell are campaigning to cut the speed limit from 100kmh to 60kmh on a section of the road at Marengo.
Angelique said she chose the speed-limit reduction campaign for her school passion project to help stop animal deaths.
“I saw a baby joey in its mother’s pouch that got hit by a car, and the joey died; so I wanted to be a voice for the voiceless,” she said.
“Hopefully if the speed limit is down less wildlife will get killed around that area, you can see them coming easier, so you don’t have to suddenly stop, so you can slow down.”
Chloe said she and Angelique, with the help of their parents, had created an online petition and were making posters to promote their cause.
“We started making a poster and we’ve done a petition,” she said.
“On the first night we already had 172 signatures or something.”
The girls said lowering the speed limit on the section of the Great Ocean Road from the Apollo Bay cemetery and the Great Ocean Road-Forans Track intersection would also improve the safety of their schoolmates.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.