Traffic calming treatments will soon be installed in Clunes.
Traffic calming treatments will soon be installed in Clunes.

Camera out, speeding up in Clunes

LIFE-LONG Clunes resident and businessman Gary Johnston is not surprised 87 motorists have fronted Lismore Local Court charged with speeding by more than 30kmh through the quiet village in the past 10 months.

Since the speed camera was switched to warning mode last August, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued warning letters to people who have exceeded the limit by less than 30kmh, while those travelling more than 30kmh over the limit have been issued with court attendance notices.

In Lismore Local court on Monday, 21 matters were listed in relation to people speeding by more than 30kmh through Clunes - in one case 45kmh over.

Mr Johnston said he believed around 80% of drivers heeded warning signs on the approach to the village.

"Around 20% of motorists don't seem to care," he said. "But if they reinstate the camera and they hit people in the back pocket they are going to remember.

"I think there is a fair percentage of people who think because it is in warning mode, they won't get fined."

Traffic calming treatments and improved pedestrian facilities will be installed soon.

Timeline:

  • 2001: Speed camera installed after extensive lobbying by locals.
  • March 2006: NSW Government repaid $2.32 million in fines from speed cameras including Clunes.
  • March 2008: Speed limit reduced from 60kmh to 50kmh.
  • July 28, 2011: Clunes residents fight to keep speed camera operating after announcement it will be turned off.
  • August 2, 2011: Camera put in warning mode.
  • October 20, 2011: RTA reveals motorists speeding have doubled since camera put into warning mode.
  • October 27, 2011: RTA meets with Clunes locals and calls for community feedback regarding camera.
  • March 8, 2012: RTA recommends a pedestrian crossing, electronic speed warning signs, and 50kmh signs at Clunes.