Comment on speed camera

URUNGA'S speed camera is the subject of a review by the Roads and Traffic Authority and locals are being asked to contribute their opinion by November 18.

The camera, on the Pacific Hwy on the southern side of Urunga, was installed in response to community protests about trucks speeding through the small town.

The RTA is now asking people to inform them if they have any road safety issues for the Pacific Hwy between the speed camera and Bellingen St (adjacent to the tourist information centre) in Urunga.

The RTA says it is reviewing road safety "at locations where fixed speed cameras were switched off in July 2011" and is looking at road safety measures which could be introduced to address crash risks.

There was a performance audit of speed cameras conducted in NSW by the Auditor General in July and subsequently 38 fixed speed cameras were switched off, including the Urunga camera.

Local residents want it back on and have been campaigning for that result.

Bellingen Shire Councillor Bruce Cronin, who attended a stakeholders' meeting on the matter last week, said it was attended by "all the appropriate people" including police, NRMA and Road Safety authorities, but he said they seemed to suggest that discussion on re-activating Urunga's speed camera, a move requested by Bellingen Council, "was not really the purpose of the meeting."

Anyone wanting to comment on road safety in Urunga can look at email or phone 1800 727 714.

Comments must be received by November 18.

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