Liberal Party member calls for removal of ‘ugly’ barrier outside his home in Oatlands, where children died
Liberal Party member calls for ‘ugly’ road safety barrier to be installed outside his home after four children are ‘killed by a drunk driver’ to be removed
- Calls to remove “ugly” security barrier at location in Oatlands, where four lives have been lost
- Antony Abdallah, 13, sisters Angelina, 12, and Sienna, 8 were killed on February 1
- Their cousin Veronique Sakr, 11, was also killed in the horror crash
- State member of the Liberal Party of the NSW believes that the watch should go on
- But grieving families and the council are adamant that the guardrail must remain
The grieving families of four children who have been murdered by a drunk driver have rejected the call to remove an ‘ugly’ safety barrier installed at the site.
The three children of Danny and Leila Abdallah, Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna, 8, were mown on the footpath on February 1 by alleged drunk driver Samuel William Davidson in Oatlands in west Sydney.
Their cousin Veronique Sakr, 11, was also killed in the horror crash.
Parramatta Council installed a 98 meter long guardrail along Bettington Road after community feedback to prevent similar tragedy from happening again.
But the NSW Liberal Party state board member and local resident Matthew Camenzuli is against the security railing outside his home and wants it removed because he claims the community has not been consulted.
Within weeks of the crash, a crash barrier was installed on the site that killed four young lives in Bettington Road, Oatlands. Depicted are Danny and Leila Abdallah, who lost three children in the crash
In an email to the council in March, Mr Camenzuli described the guardrail as “completely unnecessary”, ugly and shocking and believes it will set a dangerous precedent.
Mr Camenzuli stayed with his comments and said The Sunday Telegraph the rail should be removed after installing a recently approved roundabout later this year.
The council considered the guardrail to be the most appropriate safety measure.
“Other systems, including steel wire safety barriers and RMS designs for urban pedestrian fencing, were considered alternatives, but the safest and most appropriate barrier system for this location has been specified by the municipality’s traffic and transportation experts,” said a council report in March.
Antony Abdallah, 13, and his sisters Angelina, 12, and Sienna, 8, along with their cousin Veronique Sakr (right) were mown down by an alleged drunk driver
The Abdallah and Sakr families expressed their deep disapproval of the removal of the guardrail.
“We never want anyone to endure our suffering and lose children like we did,” the families said in a joint statement.
“There should be no discussion about installing security measures to keep all children safe.
“We will always support any road safety initiative that further protects our community and especially innocent children.”
Parramatta councilor Pierre Esber told the Daily Mail Australia that there are no plans to remove the guardrail, which was endorsed twice by the council at its meeting on February 9 and again on March 9.
Danny and Leila Abdallah (pictured on an Easter mass on April 12) believe that the guardrail installed at the site should remain after their children die
“Mr. Camenzuli is entitled to his opinion, but nothing changes – the guardrail remains,” said Cr Esber.
Aesthetically, it is not the most beautiful barrier, but it is practical and does the job.
“We don’t want another tragedy to happen.”
Cr Esber hopes to accelerate plans for the approved roundabout to increase safety in the area.
A memorial has been proposed to commemorate the four lost young lives.
Samuel William Davidson, 29, has been charged a total of 34 times, including four manslaughter and driving under the influence of cocaine, MDMA and alcohol.
He is currently being held in custody to appear in court on June 11.