News

‘Go slow’ call for beach road

CLEAR MESSAGE: Local resident James Warren and one of the telegraph poles on Shelly Beach Rd with the words “Slow down” painted on them.
CLEAR MESSAGE: Local resident James Warren and one of the telegraph poles on Shelly Beach Rd with the words “Slow down” painted on them.

JAMES Warren didn't do it, but he is really glad someone did.

The Shelly Beach resident of five years welcomed the painting of the words "Slow down" on the 11 telegraph poles on Shelly Beach Rd.

"I'm totally supportive - I can understand why they did it," he said.

Mr Warren has been lobbying Ballina Shire Council to install traffic-calming devices on the straight stretch of road which runs along popular Shelly Beach.

Back in 2009, he did a letter-box drop in the neighbourhood seeking the views of residents of his efforts, with a positive response.

He said some vehicles could reach speeds of 100km/h on the road which has a 50km/h limit - and the road gets very busy during the summer months, and on weekends.

Running parallel to the road is a shared pathway used by many cyclists and pedestrians, and also used by the local athletics club - including children - as part of the cross-country route in the winter months.

Also, there are holiday lets on the eastern side of the road, and children living in the neighbourhood, who cross the road to get to Shelly Beach.

Mr Warren said a reserve at the southern end of the street attracts hoons in vehicles, and a section at the northern end has become popular for unwanted burn-outs.

Mr Warren admitted that because of his lobbying efforts, even his wife thought he may have painted the telegraph poles - but he didn't and doesn't know who did it.

But the message is clear: "Slow down."

Council's group manager - civil services, John Truman, said "in response to concerns from a resident, we have asked the NSW Police to include this road on their enforcement program.

"We do not have any evidence of a crash history at this location and the council does not consider that installing traffic-calming devices is a priority at this point in time.

"The council will continue to monitor this location and update our traffic speed data records from time to time."


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Great white tagged, released off Lighthouse Beach

This 2.91m great white was tagged and released at Angels Beach, Ballina.

The 49th shark to be tagged in NSW released off Lighthouse Beach

Walt Secord rejects Tony Abbott's call for shark cull

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called for a shark cull on the North Coast.

Tony Abbott called for a shark cull on the North Coast

Local Partners

Shark cull calls leaves Ballina MP "appalled"

BALLINA MP Tamara Smith has spoken about the resilience of her community in the wake of another shark attack, and welcomed resistance to calls for a shark cull.

PHOTOS: Firies battle North Coast bushfire

NSW Fire and Rescue crews at the scene of a bushfire at East Ballina.

NSW Fire and Rescue crews are fighting a bushfire at Ballina

Great white tagged, released off Lighthouse Beach

This 2.91m great white was tagged and released at Angels Beach, Ballina.

The 49th shark to be tagged in NSW released off Lighthouse Beach

Walt Secord rejects Tony Abbott's call for shark cull

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called for a shark cull on the North Coast.

Tony Abbott called for a shark cull on the North Coast

Minister to visit Ballina to announce new shark strategy

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair

Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair to travel to Ballina today

How can we prevent shark attacks on the North Coast?

Multiple people attended the scene at Lighthouse Beach where a shark attack took place around 9:30 on Monday morning. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

How can further shark attacks on the North Coast be prevented?

Ballina's 'leaning tower' set for demolition

GOODBYE TO OLD, HELLO TO NEW: Ballina Marine Rescue's Commander John Donoghue with the old and new towers in the background.

And the Marine Rescue volunteers can't wait to see it go

More Northern River schools needed to be counted in

John Foreman and Jay Laga'aia at a songwriting workshop earlier this year.

Music - Count Us In will be held in November

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

What's on the big screen this week

Denzel Washington in a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

DENZEL Washington returns in a shoot-em-up Western.

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E3 - Which picnic date is better?

The Bachelorette Georgia Love, centre, with her top 11 bachelors.

Lee and Matt get some one-on-one time with Georgia.

Homer Simpson thanks Australia during Opera House visit

Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House.

ANIMATION favourite gets attacked by seagulls in viral video.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction

Peppers Airlie Beach put on the market

ON THE MARKET: Peppers Airlie Beach is being for recievership sale by CBRE Hotels and PRD Nationwide Airlie Beach.

Peppers Airlie Beach is being offered for sale.

3500 jobs on the way with new $950 million resort

Residential, tourist, community, and open space on Hummock Hill Island.

PROPERTY developers plan to begin construction next year.