Road Safety is Everybody's Business
Coffs Harbour City Council has been actively involved in the NSW Road Safety Program since 1996. One aspect of this program is the employment of a Road Safety Officer to implement the programs in partnership with the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA).
Since 1996 there has been a steady reduction in the number of crashes and casualties on Coffs Harbour roads, despite a substantial increase in traffic volumes.
Local Government is responsible for the maintenance and construction of more than 80% of roads. 50% of serious crashes are on local roads.
2009 Crashes in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area
345 reported crashes involving 547 drivers
70% were local drivers
70% were on roads posted 60kph or less
27% were under the age of 25
58% were male
23% of crashes involved excessive speed
14% of drivers had an illegal blood alcohol count.
Roads, vehicles and speeds should be designed to reduce the risk of crashes and to protect people when a crash occurs. This is known as a safe system approach.
The Safe System approach is a shared responsibility between those who:
- Plan, construct and maintain the network
- Use the network (drivers, riders, pedestrians)
- Manufacture vehicles
- Enforce road user behaviour
Strategies are based on :
- Safe roads
- Safe vehicles
- Safe people
Local Traffic Committee
The Roads and Traffic Authority are responsible for the construction and maintenance of the road system. Councils have some delegated authority to regulate traffic which is most effective at the local level.
Local Traffic Committees provide advice to Councillors who make the decisions.
They have four formal voting members:
- Council representative
- NSW Police
- Local State Member of Parliament or their nominee.
and several informal advisors. The committee meets every two months. Their report is then tabled at the next appropriate Council meeting.
For traffic facilities such as regulatory signs or any other road safety matters write to:
The General Manager
Coffs Harbour City Council
Locked Bag 155
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
If you are organising a special event that involves traffic management, contact Council for assistance. A special event is held:
- partly or wholly on a road
- may have a large number of participants
- may require traffic management
- fun runs
- street markets
- parades or marches
The requirements for your event depend on its classification. The RTA Special Events Guide divides events into four categories:
- impacts major traffic & transport systems
- significant disruption to the non-event community.
- For example: an event that affects a principal transport route in Sydney, or one that reduces the capacity of the main highway through a country town.
- impacts local traffic and transport systems
- low scale disruption to the non-event community.
- For example: an event that blocks off the main street of a town or shopping centre but does not impact a principal transport route or a highway.
- minimal impact on local roads
- negligible impact on the non-event community.
- For example: an on-street neighbourhood Christmas party.
- conducted entirely under Police control (but is not a protest or demonstration).
- For example: a small march conducted with a Police escort.
Class 1 - Minimum 4 months; 6 months for vehicle races
Class 2 - Minimum 3 months; 3 months for vehicle races
Class 3 - Minimum 6 weeks
Class 4 - Minimum 2 months
For more information see the RTA website
Guide to Traffic and Transport Management for Special Events
Special Events Forms and Templates