News

Locals win fight to lower speed

The Pacific Highway speed limit through Urunga will be lowered to 50km/h as of Tuesday.
The Pacific Highway speed limit through Urunga will be lowered to 50km/h as of Tuesday.

THE speed limit on the Pacific Highway through Urunga will be dropped to 50kmh as of next Tuesday.

The change comes after a vocal campaign from local residents in the wake of the town's greatest road tragedy in January.

Electronic message signs are today in place to advise motorists of the upcoming speed limit change.

Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said the road safety change follows a review of the existing 60kmh highway speed limit.

"After the recent tragic crash in Urunga the NSW Government fast-tracked a number of safety improvements for the Pacific Highway through Urunga, including this review," Mr Fraser said.

"The review was carried out in accordance with the NSW Speed Zoning Guidelines and in consultation with councils and community groups and assessed factors including road environment, traffic characteristics and crash profiles.

"As a result, the existing 2.7 kilometres of 60kmh speed limit will be reduced to 50kmh.

He said the change will be complemented with a town entry feature, emphasising the transition from rural to urban to be installed by mid-2012.

Roads and Maritime Services yesterday confirmed one of the point-to-point cameras earmarked on the northern side of Urunga will be located just south of the Short Cut Rd turn-off.

Local road safety campaigner John May said there was a community concern that the location of the camera may make it possible for truck drivers to leave the highway and avoid detection via Short Cut Rd before merging back onto the highway at Raleigh.

An RMS spokeswoman said it is important to ensure the cameras are located at sites which reduce the possibility of truck drivers trying to use alternative routes to avoid the enforcement lengths.

"The review found placing the gantry on the northern side of the intersection would not improve safety at the intersection, however would allow drivers to avoid detection, compromising the purpose of the whole length," the spokeswoman said.

"Most likely, one camera site will be installed just south of Short Cut Rd to ensure drivers cannot use the road as an alternative to avoid detection."

Topics:  speed limit



Time is running out to enter Running Festival

HAVE YOU ENTERED?: There are only three days to go until this year's Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival gets under way.

Running Festival entries after 5pm on Friday will incur a late fee

Record spend to stop high-risk crims re-offending

Millions of dollars in funding to stop high-risk crims

Two women struck by car on Pacific Hwy

Two elderly women have been transported to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital after being struck by a car on the Pacific Hwy this afternoon.

TWO women have been transported to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital

Local Partners

Love is in the air on The Bachelor, but not for Kiki

The Bachelor Australia contestant Kirralee 'Kiki' Morris.

BACHELORETTE bows out gracefully as show enters its final weeks.

A $65,000 bathroom? The Block's incredible budget blow-outs

The Block contestants Julia and Sasha spent a whopping $65,000 on their first renovated room.

TEAMS deliver most expensive en-suites in reno show's history.

Gympie Muster couch dumps down, but still a problem

TIPPING POINT: After an appalling year of couches being dumped at the end of the last Muster, festival organisers have taken litterbugs to task

EFFORTS to combat post-Muster couch dumping are proving effective

Cryptic crosswords: Top clues to solving them

Your guide to solving the cryptic crosswords in your local paper

MOVIE REVIEW: Ben-Hur isn't likely to become a new classic

Toby Kebbell plays Messala Severus and Jack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur in a scene from Ben-Hur.

ANYTHING less than grand in a remake of Ben-Hur won't do.

How high? Twin 20-storey high-rises plan for "over 50s"

A development application has been lodged with the Fraser Coast Regional Council to build two skyscrapers in Hervey Bay.

Developer says Bay needs to move with the times.

Australia's most expensive balcony and it hasn't been built

Viridian Noosa.

How Noosa millionares' squabble could affect body corporates

Receivers move in on Springfield's 'Tower of Power'

The 10-storey tower at Springfield is up for sale with interest high in the iconic structure.

Interest high in iconic 10-storey office building

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia