Sutherland North Public School gets safer school crossing

Cross with care: The announcement is part of the NSW Government's $18.5 million promise to improve safety for the state's youngest road users. Picture: John Veage
Cross with care: The announcement is part of the NSW Government's $18.5 million promise to improve safety for the state's youngest road users. Picture: John Veage

Sutherland North Public School is among 57 new sites in NSW where students will get safer school crossings.

The NSW Government has announced additional school crossing supervisors will be placed at more schools, including at the Sutherland Shire primary school.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the final round of locations had been chosen, as part of the $18.5 million election commitment to improve safety for the state's youngest road users.

"In total, we are delivering 332 school crossing supervisors through this program, surpassing our commitment of 300 additional supervisors in three years by 32," he said.

"School crossing supervisors are now at more than 1000 crossings across the state to make sure our kids get to and from school safely, giving families peace of mind about the safety of our most vulnerable road users."

Minister for Transport Rob Stokes said these additional roles offered more protection for children and improved visibility for motorists.

"This program is about helping to ensure every child in NSW can get to and from school safely, and school crossing supervisors play a major part in that," he said.

"School crossing supervisors are part of a suite of measures introduced by the NSW Government to keep kids safe, including reduced speed limits in school zones, high visibility safety signs, 'dragon's teeth' road markings and flashing lights."

Road users can also download the Speed Adviser app launchwhich alerts drivers when they enter an active school zone.

Sutherland North P&C President Melissa Fowler said the new safety measure was positive for the school.

"Many of our students need to cross Waratah Road each day to access the school, which is a very busy and dangerous road," she said.

"School families and community members have petitioned for changes to make the nearby intersections safer for students walking or riding to school.

"We still hope for more measures to make the intersection at Waratah Road and Auburn Street safer, but the school crossing supervisor is a great start."