Broadwater residents (from left) Debbie Webster, Annette, Shaun and Georgia McKay, Betty Archer and Jacquie and Charlie Simpson
Broadwater residents (from left) Debbie Webster, Annette, Shaun and Georgia McKay, Betty Archer and Jacquie and Charlie Simpson The Northern Star

'We want a speed camera'

BROADWATER may be a small town but it's got big bite when it comes to looking after its own.

After last month's horrific double fatality on the notorious corner near Broadwater Public School, parents and citizens have banded together to lobby the Government for action.

They want a speed camera at the northern end of town and flashing lights marking the entrance to the school.

Debbie Webster, whose home is beside the school, has seen more than her fair share of drama on the corner in her 11 years there. One of the near misses was when a semi-trailer was forced to scrape between two other semis, one passing the other, heading in the opposite direction.

“We could hear the trailers banging into each other as they passed,” she said.

She's seen power poles wiped out, car after car spun out, a banana truck roll onto the school fence and more.

Thanks to past P&C lobbying the highway through town has been re-sealed and the speed limit has dropped to 50km/h. But accidents keep happening because it appears the speed limit is rarely enforced.

Betty Archer has been barracking for a similar solution for years. She was so moved by last month's fatalities that she joined forces with the P&C to organise a petition calling for a speed camera.

Out of a population of not much more than 400 she has already collected well over 200 signatures.

Jacquie Simpson, secretary of the P&C, has been urging people to write to Clarence MP Steve Cansdell.

“Only by people writing and outlining their concerns to the Government will we see any action,” she said.

Mr Cansdell, meanwhile, said lobbying the Government for action would only work if it was constant.

“One letter or petition isn't enough,” he said.



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