A turn for the better

IT IS one of the most notorious intersections in Grafton and local woman Lauren Thomas wants to make it safer for other motorists.

Ms Thomas wants to start a petition for a roundabout at the Prince and Oliver Sts intersection, the site of numerous prangs and near-misses.

In October 2011 she was a passenger in a car travelling south-west along Prince St when a vehicle approaching from the east on Oliver St failed to give way. Ms Thomas sustained severe whiplash in the accident and has ongoing physiotherapy to relieve her pain.

She believes a roundabout would prevent many serious crashes.

"I avoid that intersection now because it isn't safe," she said.

"I think a roundabout will make it much safer for everyone to use.

"I want to start a petition and see if we can get a roundabout built."

Clarence Valley Council deputy general manager Rob Donges is encouraging Lauren to make a submission for a roundabout in the 2012/2013 Operational Plan available for viewing on the Clarence Valley Council website.

"All submissions made will be considered by council," he said.

Information about Lauren's petition will be published in coming editions of DEX.

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