South Coogee Primary School wins hard-fought campaign for traffic controller


Kade Ritchie, Cockburn MLA Fran Logan, Mace Ritchie and Evelyn Rebola with the new traffic warden. Picture: Will Russell        d459571
Kade Ritchie, Cockburn MLA Fran Logan, Mace Ritchie and Evelyn Rebola with the new traffic warden. Picture: Will Russell        d459571

A BEELIAR school has had a victory after securing a traffic warden to help students cross a busy road each morning and afternoon.

The South Coogee Primary School community has been pushing to have a crossing guard help patrol Ivankovich Avenue for more than a year.

After a monumental effort proving the school qualified for the traffic controller, its wish was granted.

“It’s massive. This offers piece of mind,” parent Veronica Kilrain said.

“People are relaxed, there’s no more argy-bargy and it’s brought the community together.”

The school fronts a growing precinct featuring a shopping centre, a service station, restaurants and apartments.

Parents were keen to see the controller put in place prior to further growth.

“It’s more than we hoped for,” Ms Kilrain said.

“It really is a victory for us.”

Cockburn MLA Fran Logan, who took the issue to State Parliament last year, said the change was fantastic.

“Through hard work and tenacity we were able to convince two arms of government – the local council and the Minister for Police – that it was a dangerous crossing,” he said.

“It’s great we were able to do that because with buses and trucks for the local shopping centre using that road, it’s just getting busier and busier.

“There was a real danger there.”