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The wrecked car on Coolamon Scenic Drive near Ocean Shores. Photo Lee Symond.

A burnt-out car wreck is the last straw for a resident on Coolamon Scenic Drive near Ocean Shores. Lee Symond says most of the older locals she has met know someone who has been injured or killed on Coolamon Scenic Drive between Mullumbimby and Ocean Shores.

‘My family and I now have to implement a strategy every time we enter or leave our own driveway so as not to be injured, maimed or possibly killed not to mention the consistent bullying and threatening behaviour of many drivers tailgating and overtaking the blind bend and speeding toward us as I slow down to enter or leave my own home.’

Chief Inspector Luke Arthurs of the Tweed/Byron PD said the car wasn’t reported as being stolen. ‘The accident happened at about 11.45pm on Sunday. The vehicle failed to navigate a bend on Coolamon Scenic Drive about one kilometre east of Banana Road causing it to impact with a tree and setting the tree on fire,’ he said. ‘The New South Wales Fire and Rescue were in attendance as well as police. No one was in or near the vehicle when emergency services arrived.’

The driver of the car failed to navigate the bend in the road. Photo Lee Symond.

Mr Arthurs said the car is registered to a Brunswick Heads address.

Ms Symond says this is not the first time this type of accident has happened. ‘I’m extremely concerned for the safety of my family, friends, neighbours and the children on the school bus who travel twice a day on a substandard road with no speed limit or centreline marking, with increasing tourist movement and large trucks that can barely negotiate the hairpin bends.’

Ms Symond says of concern now is another risk. ‘There is the possibility of potential bushfire threat that this road now fosters from negligent and culpable driving on a substandard road resulting in car accidents like this one, where trees are lit by burning wreckage. Think this is a very important issue that council and residents should now consider.’

A resident on Coolamon Scenic Drive says she is worried not only about her sfety, but the potential bushfires caused by this type of accident. Photo Lee Symond.


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7 COMMENTS

  1. When I lived near the Federation Bridge in Mullumbimby, all of our first-time guests who were arriving from the North and using GoogleMaps to navigate to our home in Mullumbimby were instructed to take this route. Most were quite rattled if not traumatised by the experience. Google should stop sending people on the most dangerous route.
    And Symond isn’t wrong about the other drivers… there is often impatience and aggression on this road. Line markers would help a lot to make the road safer.

  2. I agree with article this and would add the dangers of (historically old) pot holes and being forced off the road by large vechicals that caused very expensive damage to our rims and tyres twice this year (which Byron Council ridiculed when we sought reparations … “take it up with our solisters” they said )

  3. I go and visit a friend occasionally who lives on Coolamon Scenic Drive and have had come close to a head- on a couple of times with cars driving on the wrong side of the road. Yes, something needs to be done urgently to make this route safer for all drivers.

  4. Many countries require all learner drivers to be trained by qualified driving instructors with a national driving standard so that everyone learns exactly the same thing, Australia does not. Line marking would help for sure but while your Mum, Dad, friend or dog is allowed to teach you to drive, then driving standards will always vary greatly and bad habits be passed on. Almost everyday around Mullum I see drivers who aren’t sure or plain don’t know who has right of way at crossroads and who exhibit many other potentially dangerous or inconsiderate driving habits.

  5. i also live on coolamon scenic drive between mullum and ocean shores, i have seen many accidents in 3years, all on bends and corners, i agree this is the most dangerous road in the shire why nothing has been done beggars belief , we now have to deal with GPS traffic heading south from brisbane, i have seen semitrailers and very large trucks that shouldn’t be on this road, we are not safe , and our shire council does nothing , why has this road has been ignored, it is narrow and dangerous and it won’t be long before there’s another fatality

  6. I used to like driving Tunnel road until it got so busy and with so many that dont know how to drive country roads with no markings – just stay to the left people especially on blind corners and take it easy !

  7. Just last night another car driver young on frogs and in mum’s car impact on a pole of energy and save his life just because wasn’t his time, the upside part of the car was desintegrated. The pole broken and pulling all the wires breaking the cross support of the following poles. Really a mess for all the neighbourhood but a miracle for him. Please take conscience about the fragility of the life and the gorgeous place where you live.
    We need awake about our young people and why they need desperately erase themselves in alcohol and drugs.
    Maybe the adults community is failing too and we need to do something urgently!!!

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