Shining a light on the cost of safety
BALLINA Shire Council is preparing costings for lighting at the junction of Deadmans Creek Rd and Tamarind Dr near Ballina Heights.
Ballina Heights residents have been calling for lights at the road junction for more than five years, and a former resident of the area, Cr Phil Meehan, has taken up their fight.
He put forward the motion for staff to provide costings on lighting, and residents have welcomed the move.
The residents have claimed the junction, which became the council's responsibility after the Ballina bypass opened in 2011, is dangerous at night, partly due to the the vegetation growth in the adjacent land, reducing vision.
They have claimed lighting was necessary to improve safety.
Cr Meehan said, in hindsight, the council could have argued for the lighting to be installed before the junction was handed over to the local government.
He said he expected full lighting of the intersection to come in at around $200,000 to meet Australian standards.
However, he said he sees the viewpoint of the residents and argues the lighting would only become more necessary as the traffic increases along Tamarind Dr when new developments come online at Cumbalum into the future.
At one stage, there were moves to close Deadmans Creek Rd, but Cr Meehan said even if that did happen into the future, the lighting on Tamarind Dr would still be a road safety asset.