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Up to 50 people gathered to highlight the need for a pedestrian crossing in Mullumbimby.

Around 50 residents with varying levels of physical ability gathered on Tincogan Street, Mullumbimby, on Tuesday to protest against proposed road changes that they say will make it impossible for them to cross safely.

And it appears the protest may have at least partially achieved its aim, with Council staff reportedly promising to undertake pedestrian safety works at the spot before the changes are made.

The residents say that the works, which include reversing the Give Way signs where Tincogan Street crosses Dalley and Stuart streets, will make the crossing impassable for those with mobility or vision challenges, unless a pedestrian crossing is installed.

Bobbi Allan, one of the organisers of the protest, said in an email to Council, ‘I have a disability, and can only walk very slowly, assisted by a wheelie walker or a stick, depending on pain levels’. 

Ms Allan told The Echo that, while the protest was underway, she and two others from the Mullumbimby Residents Association met with senior Council staff and independent councillor, Basil Cameron.

‘They gave an in-principle agreement to do safety works that will protect pedestrians before the new Give Way signs are introduced,’ she said.

The Echo is awaiting confirmation of this undertaking from Byron Council.


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