IT HAS taken 10 years, almost to the day, but Dwayne Pateman and his family finally have a slice of closure they have longed for.
On June 28, 2004, his 19-year-old sister Amanda and her boyfriend were killed in a car crash at Tyndale.
So when Mr Pateman, who no longer lives in the region, got the news the speed limit would be reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h through that very stretch, he was flooded with relief.
"I am so pleased that somebody has finally had the common sense to do something about it and not sit back any longer for more tragedies to become statistics," he said.
His mother, who still lives in the Clarence Valley, phoned him on Friday when she heard the news.
"When Mum rang me it was the day before the 10 year anniversary of my sister's death, so she was a little upset at the time, but this is a big relief," Mr Pateman said.
"It's 10 years too late for us, but thank Christ someone has done something and hopefully it will prevent it happening to someone else."
He said his family was still dealing with the heartache of losing Amanda a decade later and "wouldn't wish it on anyone".