August 30, 2018

Action on deadly Alstonville intersection

Alstonville intersection approach from Alstonville

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP today met with a group of local traffic  and road safety representatives to discuss action on the Bruxner Highway intersection with Ballina Rd, Alstonville.

“This morning I met with Mayor David Wright, Ballina Shire Councillors Sharon Cadwallader and Eoin Johnston and the RMS Northern Regional Manager John Alexander as well as representatives from the Police Highway Patrol and Ballina Shire Council staff,” said Ms Smith.

“We had a productive meeting and discussed our concerns about the safety of the intersection at Ballina Rd. We all extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the motorcyclist killed at the intersection on August 20th.

“The RMS will undertake immediate traffic counts and a further safety audit of this intersection. The group will meet again in a month with proposals for moving forward.

“I am heartened to hear that the Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey will be coming to visit to see the Alstonville intersection in the wake of the recent tragic fatality. The group looks forward to meeting her during her visit to discuss quick action on what can be done to make this intersection as safe as possible,” said Ms Smith.

The group also discussed the Bruxner Highway intersection with Sneaths Rd Wollongbar near the TAFE campus, however it decided the priority at this time is the Alstonville intersection.

“The safety message to the public from the Police is a reminder that whether it is rain, bright sun in your eyes or a busy intersection, please to drive to the conditions,” said Ms Smith.

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