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Beach driving has councillor worried

By CRAIG McTEAR

THE vexing issue of vehicles on beaches is under scrutiny at Coffs Harbour City Council.

"I raise it because it's by far the most common complaint I get from the community and tourists alike," Councillor Rod McKelvey told Thursday evening's council meeting.

He said vehicles were supposed to slow from 50km/h to 25km/h when people were on the beach around them, but he assumed 'that most of them don't'.

The mix of families, dogs and cars on Coffs Coasts beaches was a big concern, he said.

But the council's lack of action over the problem was 'really not satisfactory'.

Cr McKelvey said he was walking on a beach recently with visitors when a vehicle approached them from behind.

They didn't become aware of it until it sped past only five metres away.

He described it as as un-nerving experience.

"In town we have shared zones where the speed limit is 10km/h," he said.

"I consider this (a beach) to be equal to a shared zone.

"If we can't stop vehicles on beaches, why not have a 10km/h limit."

A report examining the issue will go to a council meeting next month.!

If you have a problem with vehicles on the beach, let us know. Tel: 66502951.



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