April 11, 2016

SCHOOL CROSSING UPGRADE TO IMPROVE SAFETY AT NAPOLEONS

Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard today joined parents and students at Napoleons Primary School to switch on new 40km per hour electronic speed signs that will increase safety for pedestrians on Colac-Ballarat Road.

The $50,000 upgrade also includes new line marking and static signs to highlight the footpath crossing point and make access to the school car park safer for students and their parents.

“A number of parents from the school community contacted me in 2013 to raise their concerns about the safety of their children crossing Colac-Ballarat Road,” Mr Howard said.

“They made a very reasonable request for electronic signage and improved visibility of the crossing point outside the school; however, this request fell on the deaf ears of the former Liberal Government – who refused to act.

“Prior to the election, Daniel Andrews joined me at the school and promised that if elected, Labor would fix this crossing.

“I’m pleased that today Labor is delivering on the commitment, with these new solar-powered 40km/h electronic speed limit signs set to slow traffic down and improve safety for children moving to and from school.

“This $50,000 upgrade also includes new line marking and static signs to highlight the footpath crossing point and make access to the school car park safer for students and their parents.”

Over 180 students and their parents will benefit from the electronic signs, which will operate in school zone times from 8:00am-9:30am and 2:30pm-4:00pm on school days.

The local primary school council and Golden Plains Shire were involved in the planning and locations of the signs, to ensure the best safety outcome for children was provided. 

More than 3,000 vehicles travel every day on Colac-Ballarat Road near the primary school.

“I’d like to congratulate the school community, VicRoads and Golden Plains Shire for all working together to deliver a great outcome.”