Lismore’s outgoing mayor Jenny Dowell has delivered a blistering attack on the Roads and Maritime Services for failing to provide adequate signage to Lismore on the Pacific Highway.
Cr Dowell said the Lismore City Council had been lobbying the state government department for 18 months to have Lismore included on the green highway sign near the the Ewingsdale exit.
‘We were supposed to meet in June and that was postponed until late June when I was away in America,’ she told Echonetdaily.
‘That meeting was cancelled and I was told Bob Higgins, the general manager of the Pacific Highway upgrade, would call but he didn’t.’
‘When I got back from the states I sent an email and was told Mr Higgins was on extended leave and was not due back until the end of September.
Cr Dowell said council staff had been told that the two people acting for Mr Higgins during his absence did not have the authority to make a decision about signage.
‘I am really cross about this,’ Cr Dowell said.
‘Now it looks like there will not be a decision until Christmas.’
Cr Dowell said Mr Higgins had given her an undertaking that he would come up with suggestions for improved signage before he went away but instead the RMS was simply taking traffic counts on the Bangalow Road.
‘Now they’re saying that they won’t consider this until they have the results of those traffic counts,’ she said.
‘This has been going on for 18 months and (Nationals MP) Thomas George knows about it so it’s important for the state to also give this a push.
Meanwhile, a petition set up by Greens mayoral candidate Vanessa Ekins has garnered 435 signatures.
The petition calls on the state government to erect ‘clear and permanent signage on the southbound lanes on all approaches and exits on the upgraded Pacific Highway.
‘Locals, their friends, family and tourists are getting lost and confused as the current temporary signage is inadequate,’ the petition says.
‘Lismore is the regional centre and should be sign posted on every exit route option. We would like to see the RMS address the issue by including Lismore on the exit signs at Ewingsdale.’