Concerned Bilambil residents erected this sign after a close call with a child and speeding car. Photo: Alina Rylko / Tweed Daily News
Concerned Bilambil residents erected this sign after a close call with a child and speeding car. Photo: Alina Rylko / Tweed Daily News

Vigilante parents driven to act

VIGILANTE parents in Bilambil have erected a potentially illegal sign to try and deter hoons who they fear will kill someone.

They say they were compelled to act after a near-miss between a speeding car and a child on a scooter.

Although no official complaints have been made about the sign to the council, the parents who erected it don't want to be named.

The handmade sign was erected during the night to avoid detection.

Resident Clara Williams welcomed the sign because her two school-aged children frequently play on McAllisters Rd.

"This is a family neighbourhood," Ms Williams said.

"The kids go on bikes and skateboards and they're protected in our front yard but it's inevitable at some point one of the kids will cross the road to play together."

Following last week's story about hooning on the Tweed, the police union has called for more police to deal with the problem.

"It is the position of the NSW Police Association that further police should be posted to the Tweed Byron Local Area Command," union spokesman Brett Henderson said.

"The state government have indicated they're going to allocate further officers to the command in May," he said.

The Tweed Shire Council is powerless to deal with the problem.

A traffic officer said speed humps didn't work to deter hooning and a dedicated hooning area was not part of future planning.

Any signs installed within the road reserve need to be approved by the council as the road authority, he added.

He said non-standard signs within the road reserve could be a hazard in themselves.

If brought to the council's attention, the sign would be referred to council rangers to be removed.



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