Lighting a small step in the right direction

THE announcement of a $70,000 street lighting project for Ballina's troublesome Headlands Drive/The Coast Road junction has put a small grin on Brian Smith's face.

But it's not worthy of any huge smile.

The president of the Lennox Head Residents' Association said more was still needed to be done to improve safety at the Coast Road intersection.

His association has been pushing for upgrades at the Headlands Drive and Skennars Head Road intersections with The Coast Road, with claims its dangerous.

It is concerned about congestion around the intersections and wants an alternative road constructed between Ballina and Lennox Head to take the strain off The Coast Road. "Any move to make the intersection safer is a step in the right direction," Mr Smith said.

"But more needs to be done. The congestion will only get worse as the population increases."

Council's acting civil services group manager Matthew Fanning said the lighting project was aimed at making the junction safer by improving visibility at the site. Meanwhile, in a bid to improve road safety across the shire, the council has applied for Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) Black Spot Funding for improvements at 10 hazardous sites.

On the list is the much-debated intersection at Grant and Bentinck Streets, Ballina, where council recently installed a central median strip to try and stop T-bone accidents.

The council has also created a draft road safety strategy for 2007 to 2012 which is open for public comment and can be viewed at the council's website at

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