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Road and Pedestrian Safety

What is Road Safety about?

Warrumbungle Shire Council is committed to reducing road trauma and the number of road crashes, through implementing Road Safety Strategic Plans. According to NSW Centre for Road Safety, from 2010-2014 there were 334 known crashes and 250 casualties within the Warrumbungle Shire.

The Council is a member of the Local Government Road Safety Program, which involves working with Roads and Maritime Services as well as key community road safety stakeholders within the Shire. The Local Government Road Safety Program targets behavioural as well as engineering issues that affect road safety in Local Government areas. The Warrumbungle Shire Council Road Safety Officer addresses issues that are impacting the Shire’s travelling Community, through implementing Road Safety Strategic Plans as well as the Local Government Road Safety Program.

Speeding, Drink Driving and Fatigue are the three biggest causes of death and injury in NSW and the Warrumbungle Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer will be targeting these causes in combination with local issues to reduce road trauma in the Shire.

Are you up to date on current road rules legislation?

Test yourself by using the online demonstration Drivers Knowledge Test.

Useful links related to road safety are below:

Need to fit a child seat?

Learn a handy tip on tightening a Child Car Seat from our Road Safety Officer by viewing our You Tube video.

For more information on Child Car Seats and to find an Authorised RMS Child Car Seat Fitter, visit the Child Car Seats website .

Road Safety in the Wet

Council is urging all drivers to take extra care on roads during wet weather. The Warrumbungle Shire Council Road Operations team place hazard and warning signs near flood ways and causeways that have water over the road within the Shire, however motorists are reminded to drive to the road conditions.

During wet weather water can quickly cover the road, especially in causeways, and drivers need to be prepared for the potential of water on the road ahead. To minimise the risk of suddenly being caught in water that is covering the road, drivers need to drive at an appropriate speed, and to keep under the speed limit. Drivers should also travel four seconds behind the vehicle in front, to avoid a collision with sudden breaking.

Vehicles should travel at a speed of 30-40 Kilometres an hour when driving through puddles or water on the road. If the water is flowing across the road, drivers should stop and check the depth of the water and only travel through if the water depth is lower than the lowest point of the wheel rim.

In wet and overcast conditions, drivers are encouraged to use headlights on low beam to improve the visibility of their vehicle by other road users.

All drivers are urged to avoid the weirs at Namoi and Horsley Street in Coonabarabran during or just after wet weather as water can quickly rise at these two points and flood the road. The Over Dimension route via Namoi Street may also temporarily be restricted to Heavy Vehicles only, or closed, pending water depth across the causeway.

Visit the RMS Geared web page for useful tips on road safety in the wet, or Tips for Driving in the Rainwith the NRMA.

Warrumbungle Pedestrian and Mobility Plan (PAMP)

The intention of this Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP), with the help of the community, is to commence a long term upgrade of the highest priority pedestrian routes and enhance a connected pedestrian network in the six largest towns in the Warrumbungle Shire.

To read more on the PAMP click here 

Road Safety Strategic Plan

Warrumbungle Shire Council has a strong road safety focus which aims to address road trauma and reduce the number of crashes occurring within the boundaries of our Shire. Every year around 42 people are killed and/or injured on roads in the Warrumbungle Shire, which means that the economic and social costs of road crashes to the area are high.


Council and the community are working together to achieve clear road safety goals. Road safety is considered in most of Council's decisions – particularly road works and maintenance and development proposals. It is therefore important that an effective long-term strategy is in place to improve the safety of our roads for people that live in and visit the Shire.

Click here to view the Road Safety Strategic Plan

Warrumbungle Shire Bike Plan

Warrumbungle Shire Council is dedicated to improving the safety of key cycling routes within the six major towns of the Shire through improvements to path infrastructure as well as support for community adoption of active transport to key land use areas. The six major towns in Warrumbungle Shire that are identified in this Bike Plan are Baradine, Binnaway, Coolah, Coonabarabran, Dunedoo and Mendooran.


Click here to read more about the Warrumbungle Shire Bike Plan

Guideline to School Bus Routes and Bus Stops

The Guideline for School Bus Routes and Bus Stops set out the responsibilities of Council, Bus Operators, Parents/Guardians, Transport for NSW, Schools as well as Roads and Maritime Services in contributing towards the safety of students who use school bus routes and stops to travel to and from a school.

Click here for more information on the Guideline to School Bus Routes and Bus Stops


Shine Bright and Walk Safe


Join us in promoting safety for early morning walkers by wearing bright clothing! Our campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of visibility during dawn hours. Let's make our streets safer for everyone. #ShineBrightWalkSafe #SafetyFirst

⚠️ Why is visibility important? 

During early mornings visibility can be limited for both pedestrians and drivers. Wearing bright clothing helps pedestrians stand out and reduces the risk of accidents. Let's be seen and stay safe!

👟 Tips for walkers: 

  • Wear bright or fluorescent colors.
  • Add reflective accessories like vests, armbands, or shoes.
  • Stay on well-lit pathways.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.

🚗 Tips for drivers: 

  • Stay alert, especially during low-light hours.
  • Slow down in areas where pedestrians are likely to be present.
  • Keep a safe distance from walkers.
  • Always yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.

Together, we can make a difference! 

Spread the word and encourage your friends, family, and community to join the #ShineBrightWalkSafe movement. Let's create a safer environment for everyone to enjoy morning walks.

Remember, safety starts with visibility! Shine bright and walk safe. 

Shine Bright and Walk Safe

Last Updated: 03 Jul 2024