Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis.
Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis. Adam Hourigan

Speed divides community

COMMUNITY opinion is divided over the State Government's decision to change the speed limit on Iluka Rd, between Woombah and Woody Head, to 100kmh.

On Friday, August 17, The Daily Examiner was sent a press release from Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis.

"The NSW Government has agreed to a request from Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis to restore the 100kmh speed limit between Woombah and Woody Head on Iluka Rd," read the release.

"This has been a very long battle for Iluka residents."

The changes to the speed limit were featured in The Daily Examiner on August 20.

However, on August 27 we received an email from a concerned resident of Woombah.

"There was no community consultation by the local member Chris Gulaptis," Woombah resident Pamela Smith said.

"He found some old file in the bottom drawer of Steve Cansdell's filing cabinet from 2006, dusted it off and ran with it."

Association of Iluka Residents president Zachary Jane said she did not know of any consultation about the speed limit.

"We have not been consulted and in fact we have made submissions against this change."

When Mr Gulaptis' office was contacted, the following statement was forwarded on his behalf.

"It is always difficult to get 100% agreement on an issue in a community," Mr Gulaptis said.

"The fact is the 80kmh speed limit has been maintained from the township of Iluka through to the Woody Head turnoff."

"That's a good compromise."



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