Paramedic makes signs of the times

Former paramedic Wade Walker places some makeshift signs on the Pacific Highway south of Grafton warning of the danger of the single carriageway section of highway.
Former paramedic Wade Walker places some makeshift signs on the Pacific Highway south of Grafton warning of the danger of the single carriageway section of highway. Adam Hourigan

WATCHING motorists die as he battled to save their lives and attending dozens of fatalities has prompted Wade Walker to take proactive action to warn people of the death trap that is the Pacific Highway between Port Macquarie and Ballina.

For more than 20 years the former paramedic was regularly confronted by these gruesome scenes, so yesterday he erected two signs on the highway at South Grafton to indicate to motorists they were travelling in a danger zone.

And Mr Walker wants the newly elected Coalition to be proactive and do the same – unlike their predecessors.

“Kristina Keneally failed to respond to my emails,” he said.

“I made several requests and she really ignored all my requests and ignored everything I set out to do.”

A black cross on the signs warns motorists of the danger zone and flowers below signifying the dozens of lives lost on the death strip of bitumen.

Above the cross facing north on the highway Mr Walker painted 160km, indicating the distance to dual carriageway near Ballina, and 250km on the sign facing south shows the distance to the divided highway at Port Macquarie.

Mr Walker said he understood the Coalition could not upgrade the horror stretch of highway overnight. “I just want to encourage the Coalition to get the signs up in the interim,” he said.

“I want to encourage the Coalition to put up large red signs, maybe using the cross or two cars locked together in a crash, with crash zone for the next 160km or 260km.”

MP Steve Cansdell said he would get warning signs put up by the RTA and the Roads Minister.

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