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June 15, 2021

Still no action on Coolamon after 30 months

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Anthony Stante, Coorabell

I ask myself, why do I pay my rates. Over two years ago Byron Shire’s Local Traffic Committee directed Council to undertake a formal safety audit of Coolamon Scenic Drive and install centreline marking and any other recommended safety improvements.

This followed from residents’ 2014 submission on safety issues. We had been fed up with actual and near miss head on incidents caused mostly by impatient, speeding locals overtaking slow-moving tourists at unsafe locations. Our road has a high crash rate.

Council are yet to undertake the safety audit. We have waited for action for 30 months. In the meantime, Council amazingly agreed with RMS to signpost an extension of Tourist Route 28 from the old highway right the way along bringing even more tourists to our substandard local road. Residents were not consulted on this extension to the tourist route.

Mayor Richardson has recently taken up the cause with his council officers. The response has been consistent. There are no funds for this now or anytime soon. Apparently not even funds for an officer to meet us on site.

Residents have also consulted with RMS seeking Black Spot funding to assist Council with the work. Residents fully support attracting more tourists to the area but demand overdue safety measures to be installed as recommended many months ago by our local traffic committee.

In the meantime, we keep getting run off our local road, our school buses and kids are put in danger by impatient speeding drivers. It’s a popular tourist route also used by many impatient locals. How many more incidents or worse will it take to get well overdue action from Council?

 


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