Letters to the editor October 14 2016

BETTER RESPONSE NEEDED

While travelling home from the North coast to Bulli on Friday, we looked at the Live Traffic app and noted the incident on Mt Ousley.

It stated that Mt Ousley was closed due to a truck accident but that Bulli pass southbound was open.

At the same time however, the M1 information signs leading up to the Stanwell Park turnoff said that Bulli Pass was closed, prompting us to take the coast road home.

This placed us in bumper-to-bumper traffic for almost two hours to get home to Bulli from Stanwell Tops.

This was at 2:30pm in the afternoon, nearly six hours after the Mt Ousley truck incident.

We rang RMS during this traffic jam informing them of everyone's plight as well as asking them if they had done anything to solve the problem.

Knowing the area around Thirroul (three sets of lights) and Bulli (six sets of lights in one kilometre) we asked them if they had manually intervened to change these lights.

Their response was that the lights were set to 18 seconds red and 100 seconds green, not forgetting that these lights are not synchronised, so one will be green and the next 100 meters away will be red (minimal movement).

Six hours after an incident 15 kms away this response was totally inadequate.

The lights in Thirroul and Bulli should have been manually manned by police or manually adjusted to a far greater extent by RMS than was.

What really got under my skin was when listening to local radio this morning interviewing the RMS PR lady who gave a proper gander spin on how "well co-ordinated" the operation went with so much "positive feedback".

Don't try ramming that down my throat when the RMS contingencies were inept or non existent.

Remembering this affected thousands of motorist six hours after the Mt Ousley incident.

It's not a problem to say it was a disaster but that the situation was unexpected and problematic, it's a problem when they lie and try to tell us that it's all went so well.

On a good weekend day the traffic on Lawrence Hargrave drive can bank back to Austinmer and beyond ….not so fine and dandy really.

Terry Sylvester, Bulli

WORKING SAFELY A PRIORITY

The NSW Legislative Council standing committee on Law and Justice is currently conducting a review of the NSW workers compensation scheme, following further changes made to the scheme in 2015.

Submission to the Upper House inquiry closed at the end of September and public hearings will be held in early November.

It is perhaps timely then that October is Safe Work Month.

I would urge all employers and workers to use the next few weeks to think about workplace safety, to take extra steps to protect themselves and their co-workers from injury and to ensure that everyone returns home safely.

I would also urge you to spare a thought for those who have been injured at work.

While the NSW Government has addressed some of the difficulties faced by injured workers in the past year, the reality is some injured workers are still without vital support.

Stuart Barnett, Workers Compensation General Manager, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS

I would like to thank the SES for cleaning up a damaged tree in my front yard, on my property after the recent high winds.

The good people of the Kiama SES came and went last week while I was at work and without me knowing or having to call them. The volunteers of the SES  are a credit to our community.

Terry Sugden, Kiama Downs

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