Safety for the birds

By RENEE FORD

renee.ford@dailyexaminer.com.au

ILUKA's endangered emu population has had a reprieve.

After all six emu chicks last year were killed in collisions with cars, the State Government this week announced the 100km/h speed limit on Iluka Road from Woombah to Iluka would be reduced to 80km/h.

A petition calling for changes to the speed limit was lodged by the Association of Iluka Residents (AIR) in April.

After five months, Minister for Roads, Eric Roozendaal announced a resolution.

He said the speed limit review came from community concern and representations made by Clarence Valley Mayor, Ian Tiley.

AIR president Kay Jeffery said it took a lot of hard work from the community, but everyone involved was 'ecstatic'.

"It will be safer for everyone, including motorists, cyclists and emus," Ms Jeffery said.

"We have a lot of people to be thankful to, including Mayor Tiley and especially Juris Graney of Coastal Views, he has championed our cause so well."

The new speed limits signs are up and enforcable.



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