Safety comes first for school children says Kogarah MP Chris Minns

VITAL FUNDS: Principals and P&C representatives discuss road safety for school children in a recent Zoom meeting with MP Chris Minns.
VITAL FUNDS: Principals and P&C representatives discuss road safety for school children in a recent Zoom meeting with MP Chris Minns.

Last year Kogarah MP Chris Minns wrote to the NSW Government proposing some much needed road safety changes around five Hurstville schools.

"The streets around these schools are some of the busiest in the area with thousands of students converging each morning and afternoon," Mr Minns said.

"Nothing is more important than the safety of children, especially when they are on the way to and from school."

Mr Minns said the safety proposals have been developed with the principals and Parents and Citizens Committees from Hurstville Public School, Hurstville Boys High, Sydney Technical College, Bethany College Hurstville and St Mary's Star of the Sea.

"After discussions with the local community, schools, Transport for NSW and Georges River Council, we now need action," he said.

"Transport for NSW has announced it is examining the feasibility of extending the 40km/h speed limit around all five schools.

"This would create a 'school safety zone' with lower speeds in and around the five schools as well as the roads children use to get to and from home."

There are also plans for new fixed red-light cameras at the intersections of Croydon and Forest Road, and at Lily and Forest Road.

"This is good news," Mr Minns said.

"But we need the NSW Government to provide further detail on when and how this study will be conducted and guarantee they'll work together with Georges River Council to ensure these new safety measures are in place by the start of the next school year in 2021."

The MP said the school communities are also calling for other safety initiatives including painting the road lanes yellow with a 40km school zone identifier; improving flashing signage; building elevated pedestrian crossings; and installing safety bollards and barriers.

"We are lucky to have such great principals and school communities in the St George area and I thank these five in particular for all their efforts in ensuring the progress we've made so far," Mr Minn said.

"I am hopeful that together we can finish this work and create a safer environment for everyone."

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