One of the many crashes at Ulmarra. This one occurred in November, 2015.
One of the many crashes at Ulmarra. This one occurred in November, 2015. Adam Hourigan

Not enough deaths: RMS

A SCATHING email sent to multiple government representatives has accused Roads and Maritime Services of gross negligence toward its handling of the Ulmarra black spot.

The email, which was sent out late Friday morning by Ulmarra resident John Leask, accuses Roads and Maritime Services of being negligent in its duty of care to Ulmarra village and criminally negligent toward the Brown family whose property was destroyed by a truck crash last month.

"Through your negligence, they have suffered physically from emotional trauma and now have psychological symptoms, I believe are akin to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)," Mr Leask said in his email.

"They have also lost financially because of the ineptness of the RMS and State Government. Not only have they lost monies because of time off work, but also medical costs and costs due to physical damage to their property from the three previous accidents that intruded their residence.

"The RMS has been more interested in taking the soft options that have led to this situation...(and) took no real steps to protect ... their lives."

In his email, Mr Leask said he was astounded by the response of an RMS representative who visited the site recently when asked about the delay in getting a fixed speed camera.

"The reason Ulmarra did not get a fixed camera was because our 'death statistics were not high enough'. The inference being, is that the RMS was willing to wait for deaths to occur before they considered 'Risk Management'," it said.

Mr Leask said he hoped the email, which was sent to RMS representatives, Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis, Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan and Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey, among other government delegates, would spark the right action to resolve the problem.

Ms Pavey said she had received a similar response when she asked for an investigation.

"The agencies have come back and said it's not appropriate (for improvement), but I'm hearing from Chris Gulaptis that just because the stats don't stack up doesn't mean you want them to stack up," she said.



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