Fraser sends his own warning with a Timely message
By JENI FAULKNER
THE message couldn't be any more plain and simple ? SLOW DOWN!
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser has unleashed his latest weapon against fatalities on the Pacific Highway ? and he is hoping no one is going to object.
On Tuesday night Mr Fraser erected two large, bright orange 'Crash Zone' signs: one at Mailman's Track near Pine Creek and one at Lyons Road, to warn through traffic of the 13 deaths at Bonville since 2003.
Paying for the signs, Mr Fraser spent $700 on the project, and he said this was a small price to pay for saving a life.
He has no RTA approval for the signs and warns the Government that if they plan to remove these signs they should replace them with something else.
"The RTA can pull them down any time, but the Government has a responsibility and if they want to take them away they will need to replace them with something better," Mr Fraser said.
Bonville resident Geoff Gil-christ was shocked to see the signs yesterday but admitted it was a pleasant surprise.
"I think this brings awareness to the road and it is also good for locals because we can become complacent about our road," Mr Gilchrist said.
It was three years ago that Mr Gilchrist almost lost his life to a head-on collision near Lyons Road and he said if the community kept pushing, the squeaky wheel would eventually get oil.
"I am lucky to be alive today and I still get nervous when I travel this road. Anything that makes people drive sensibly at Bonville is a good thing," he said.
It was back in April that Mr Fraser met with the then NSW Roads Minister Michael Costa to discuss safety measures at Bonville. The State Government was to deliver an assessment on this section of the highway, yet today, five months and five fatals later, we still wait.
"Maybe this will force them to do something because there have been too many deaths and injuries on this road," Mr Fraser said.
"I have had a gutful of telephone calls about another accident on the Pacific Highway and I would love
to be able to put more signs between Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga, but I am not made of money.
"I have a very simple message for our current Roads Minister Mr Joe Tripodi ? stop the procrastination and get on with the job." What do you think? Send your letters of comment to editor @coffscoastadvocate.com.au