Slow down ... Mayor Keith Rhoades wants the speed limit lowered.
Slow down ... Mayor Keith Rhoades wants the speed limit lowered.

Mayor calls for lower speed limit

COFFS Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades says he has received no reply to his plea for an 80kph holiday speed limit between Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga.

Late last year Cr Rhoades wrote to the NSW Minister for Roads, Eric Roozendaal, begging him to lower the speed limit on the Pacific Highway between the two centres during the busiest time of year for the tourist region.

He asked him for a reply before Christmas.

"I asked him for an urgent reduction in the speed limit over the Christmas holidays, the school vacation period, while we have the massive volume of traffic," Cr Rhoades said yesterday.

The Mayor said although he had not yet received a reply, he was still hopeful, but it sometimes took many months to get a reply from the NSW Government.

"The ball is in the Minister's court," he said.

Coffs Harbour City Council has been lobbying the state government for a permanent 80kph limit on the Woolgoolga-Coffs Harbour section until the highway is upgraded, but this has been resisted by the Roads and Traffic Authority, which believes it would interfere with traffic flow.

Wet weather is playing havoc with vehicles, with another accident at the Emerald Beach intersection on Wednesday night and reports of accidents streaming in from around the area.

Cr Rhoades said the experience at Pine Creek showed how effective lower speeds could be.

Pine Creek's road toll was slashed with reduced limits, a speed camera and barriers.

Cr Rhoades said council had not asked for extra speed camera or centre barriers for the northern section of the highway but the Korora speed camera was in a 'stupid' place.

"I believe it is one of the lowest revenue-raising cameras in the state," he said.



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