Aaron Heard with his children, Aria, 2, and Zeb, 4. He is grateful they were not hurt in the accident at the corner of Northlakes Drive and Minmi Road, Cameron Park, that wrote off his car. Picture: Simone De PeakCall for roundabout at Cameron Park accident black spot
CAMERON Park’s Aaron Heard is thankful his two children were not seriously injured in a crash at one of the Hunter’s most notorious intersections.
Mr Heard said his Mazda 323 was written off when a car pulled out in front of him.
The Newcastle Herald reported last Wednesday that police said one crash a day on average was happening at the corner of Northlakes Drive and Minmi Road, Cameron Park.
Mr Heard was taking Aria, 2, and Zeb, 4, to daycare when the incident, which was not his fault, happened.
His son suffered whiplash for a few days and both kids were in shock, but otherwise they were OK.
‘‘We’re grateful there was nothing more serious than the shock and memories,’’ he said.
Residents have been calling for the intersection to be upgraded for years.
They said a developer contributions plan – which Lake Macquarie City Council approved in 2004 – stipulated that the intersection be upgraded when 1500 lots were created in the Northlakes Estate.
More than 2100 lots were created a few years ago but the upgrade did not happen.
The upgrade was originally to cost about $950,000, they said.
The council said that it changed the developer contributions plan in 2012, with the intersection to be done between 2013 and 2017.
The cost was revised to $2.1million, with $1.6million from developer contributions and $500,000 from the council.
The council now estimates that the intersection upgrade will cost about $3million, with the council to pay the extra money.
The intersection at the corner of Northlakes Drive and Minmi Road, Cameron Park
The council has about $70 million in its kitty from developer contributions around the city.
Cameron Park Community Association chairman Patrick Mitchell said some of this money should be used to expedite the intersection upgrade, which he said was urgent.
The council said it had a legal requirement to ‘‘spend contributions for the purpose they were raised for’’.
Mr Heard believed traffic lights would be better than a roundabout at the intersection.
The council said both options were being considered, with a decision planned by the end of August.
The upgrade is planned for next financial year.