The following editorial and public notice appeared in the Bellingen Courier Sun as a reminder to road users to be aware of the return of truck traffic post Christmas, and to publicise the contact details for complaints regarding truck driver behaviour …
People with an Interest in Road Safety for the Waterfall Way would like to thank all of those community members who worked alongside us identifying critically needed road repairs and crisis points along the route and cooperating with Bellingen Council and the Roads and Maritime Authority to put together a Road Safety Action Plan between November 2013 and the end of 2014.
We were able to work with Lend Lease and the quarry owners to set up communication lines and monitor and regulate Driver behaviour on Waterfall Way. The company is encouraging the public to report any incidents immediately through the TIP number (3 Numbers) on the front of the truck.
If you miss the number take note of the colour, the time and the place as all trucks are fitted with GPS and in many instances can be tracked. We want to thank most of the truck drivers doing this run as their skills are impressive and most are respectful and careful drivers.
- Telephone: 1800 800 612 (press ‘2’ to speak with a project representative)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mailing: PO Box 506, Nambucca Heads, NSW, 2448
We are also pleased to note that the project finalisation has recently been put at July 2015 and that will be a big relief for those residents who live on Waterfall Way and who are most affected by noise, dust and loss of amenity.
We must not get side tracked into an argument about whether we should or should not have a By-pass of Bellingen but rather try to find an intelligent solution to transporting goods up and down Waterfall Way. Once the Pacific Highway is completed development will grow along the route and there will be more need for gravel and a myriad of other reasons for people to travel between the Mountains and sea.
On Monday the 5th January the Trucks will recommence, running through Dorrigo and Bellingen again and will be running approximately every seven minutes. Please ensure that you allow a little more time for your journeys and let our visitors know, “Roll on July 2015 so that Bellingen can welcome you to our yet again, peaceful village”.