Do Byron Shire residents favour a maximum 80kph speed limit across the shire?

That’s the question being asked by the council, which is currently surveying the community asking: ‘Do you approve of a maximum 80kph speed limit being introduced for roads in the shire with the exception of the Pacific Highway?’

In conducting this community survey, the council says it is seeking to gauge the support within the community for a general reduction of the current speed limits outside of the urban areas, to a maximum speed limit of 80kph.

The survey, as highlighted in the question, excludes the Pacific Highway and urban areas where lesser speed zones already apply.

This issue was first considered by the council at its meeting in December 2006, where it resolved to conduct a non-binding poll in conjunction with the Local Government election in September 2008.

But the council says that due to the cost of this form of polling, it subsequently resolved to put the question to the community prior to the election through a web and newspaper-based community survey.

Cr Richard Staples, who originally proposed the poll through a notice of motion, says: “There appears to be good support for the reduction in road speed limits in the community. 

“A strong ‘Yes’ vote would lend weight to any future representations or submissions to the Roads and Traffic Authority regarding changes to speed limits.”

Interested community members wishing to be a part of the survey can access the survey at council’s website at

The community has until Wednesday 30 May 2008 to have its say.

The results of the survey will be published on the council’s website and in its block advertising after the closing date.

For more information about the survey, contact Anne McLean, council’s Manager Administration and Community Services on (02) 6685 9340.