World news – « POINTLESS »: illegible warning signs panned

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New signs to alert drivers to possible flooding on Orara Way have been classified as « pointless » as they are largely illegible during the day.

The Bluff Bridge flood monitoring system was switched on last September and included an automatic display that controls electronic signs based on the height of the Orara River. The signs alert the driver to whether the road is closed or open.

A camera was also installed to allow people to view time-stamped images of the bridge on the Clarence Valley Council website.

While the new cameras were a hit, the signs have been criticized by locals who say they are so dark that they cannot be seen during the day.

Noel Backman of the Glenreagh Progress Association has pushed for answers, saying the signs are « illegible » even on cloudy days.

« What’s the point of having a sign there? It’s pointless, we go out and put up signs like we’ve been doing for years because it just doesn’t work. »

During that week’s downpour the bridge had been under for some time and Mr Backman went to the sign at the west end of Glenreagh to take pictures to show how ineffective it was.

« These photos … clearly show that it is difficult to read on a cloudy day. When the sun is shining, the screen is black and completely invisible. »

The signs and automatic flood meter on the cliff were co-funded by the Council and NSW Primary Industries Department under the Grants Plain Management Grants Program 2018/19.

Comment was requested from Clarence Valley Council and its response will be published as soon as it is received.

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