Willetton SHS crossing plan far from a black and white issue

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A CANNING council candidate’s efforts to get a zebra crossing with lights at Willetton Senior High School have not been presented to the school’s principal.

Principal Chris Booth said the issue had not been raised with him and the school had not made an application for a controlled crossing.

Mr Booth’s comments come after a petition organised by candidate Parry Kahlon calling on the council to take action on the matter.

Mr Kahlon said parents, teachers and traffic wardens he had spoken to were worried about the safety of children around the high school.

“I have personally seen cars not observing the speed limit around this school zone,” he said.

“We cannot wait for an accident to happen.”

But the Department of Education said applications for a controlled crossing for students needed to be made to the WA Police Children’s Crossing Unit by a school principal or the president of the parents and citizens committee.

Also, the high school is located on the same road as the primary school, which has a controlled crossing with a traffic warden just 100m from the high school.

“No issue has been raised with me, so at this point we have not put in an application for a controlled crossing,” Mr Booth said.

“I have regular conversations with police about the safety of the roads surrounding our school and we have previously decided that there is no need for a controlled crossing.

“However, I am open to putting forward an application and encourage parents to come to me if they believe it would benefit the community.”

The City of Canning confirmed Pinetree Gully Road was under its care, control and management.

“The application for a crosswalk or signalised crossing will have to be made by the City,” a City spokeswoman said.

“The City has not applied for crosswalk or signals at this location, as we have been informed it would not be supported by Main Roads WA.”

“If the issue is speed related, local police can be contacted to provide additional patrols/speed camera checks in the area in a bid to reduce speed and increase safety for students.

“The City will contact the WA Police if this is the case.”

Mr Kahlon lives in Leeming, within the City of Melville boundary, but is also a ratepayer in the City of Canning and building a house to move within the City of Canning boundaries.

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