A win, in a roundabout sort of way
By MARY MANN firstname.lastname@example.org BALLINA man Jim Cross left the council's monthly meeting yesterday with a grin on his face and a sense of victory.
Councillors knocked back a staff recommendation to install a median strip at the intersection of Grant and Bentinck streets, deciding instead to hold a community meeting on the matter.
They will consider installing a roundabout, something Mr Cross and other residents are all smiles over.
Council staff had initially rejected a roundabout because it would cost too much, and said the median strip was the most appropriate method of stopping the t-bone accidents that are common at the site.
Ballina Shire Council had received a $50,000 grant under the Federal Government's Black Spot Program to construct the proposed strip. However, some local residents and the Ballina Chamber of Commerce have spoken out against it.
They fear it will cut the town centre off from the Ballina Central and Ballina Fair shopping complexes, and cause an inconvenience to residents. They agree that a roundabout is a better solution.
Mr Cross hoped the council would find a way of coming up with the funds to install a roundabout instead of 'taking the cheap way out'.
Councillor John Felsch suggested stop signs could be installed in the interim.
A community meeting on the intersection will be held at the Council Chambers on Monday, May 1, at 5pm.