Support grows to keep speed camera

CLUNES residents have called on the State Government to save their speed camera, earmarked for removal along with 38 other cameras in NSW, however not even Lismore MP Thomas George can say if the camera is still turned on.

Last week the NSW Auditor General ordered the deactivation of the Clunes camera along with 37 other “ineffective” cameras across NSW, including cameras at Wollongbar and Ocean Shores.

Yesterday Lismore MP Thomas George said he was not sure if the camera at Clunes had been turned off yet, but will be taking up theissue with the Minister for Roads Duncan Gay and a representative from the RTA this week.

Mr George said he will ask for the Clunes camera to remain.

“My strong support is there for keeping the camera, especially for northbound traffic coming into Clunes from Lismore,” he said.

“My major concern is that there is a sharp corner there near the service station and that creates a big problem if cars are travelling too fast.

“I’ll be making very strong rep- resentations as well as seeking advice on how the community can be heard.”

Mr George said the three local cameras were included in a “blanket decision” by the Auditor General and he did not know exactly what criteria was used to determine which cameras were deemed to be ineffective in improvingsafety.

Clunes residents successfully lobbied the State Government 10 years ago to install the speed camera on the approach from Lismore, with the camera now generating well over $1.2 million in fines each year.

Premier Barry O’Farrell ordered an audit in April to address motorists’ concerns that some speed cameras were used as “cash cows”.

Any speed cameras found to be simply revenue-raisers would be “ripped out”, Mr O’Farrell promised at the time.