SAFETY ISSUE: Jay Cordy of Goonellabah is concerned that the access to McDonalds in Goonellabah is unsafe.
SAFETY ISSUE: Jay Cordy of Goonellabah is concerned that the access to McDonalds in Goonellabah is unsafe. Cathy Adams

Dad raises fears over crossing

THE pedestrian crossing linking McDonald's Goonellabah with the Woolworths Goonellabah car park is an accident waiting to happen according to locals.

Goonellabah resident Jay Cordy said he had experienced near misses on the crossing, witnessed many near misses and spoken to dozens of locals who are fearful of using the crossing.

"I walked out with my daughter holding her hand and I was leading her then a car came along and nearly cleaned us up," he said.

"I haven't come across anyone who has said it wasn't a problem; they all say they have experienced near misses or had issues with the crossing."

Mr Cordy said he had spoken to council, the shopping centre management and McDonald's about the issue.

While he accepted there weren't many options to relocate the crossing, Mr Cordy said he believed improved signage would prevent what could be a serious incident.

"If something isn't changed it is only going to be a matter of time before someone gets run over there."

A Lismore City Council spokeswoman said the pedestrian crossing was approved by Lismore City council as part of the development application approval for the shopping centre.

The spokeswoman said the shopping centre manager David Griffiths was responsible for the pedestrian crossing.

Mr Griffiths said the location of the crossing was approved by council when the development application for the shopping centre was approved.

He said he had spoken to McDonald's management who had improved the safety of the crossing.

Council's Manager Compliance and Development, Peter Jeuken said the location and configuration of the crossing complies with the relevant standard, noting that the approved and sign posted speed limit for this area is 5 km/h.

A McDonald's spokeswoman said the pedestrian crossing was DA approved by council.



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