Schooling drivers


Gosnells ranger Jeff Woodward and Wirrabirra School principal Steve Richards with Dayna (6) and Patrick Wallington (9). |Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d449244
Gosnells ranger Jeff Woodward and Wirrabirra School principal Steve Richards with Dayna (6) and Patrick Wallington (9). |Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d449244

Wirrabirra School principal Steve Richards said it was important to consider the safety of students and for parents to make sure they took their time when collecting their children from busy areas.

The City of Gosnells is hoping to work with schools to stop people parking illegally, as well as reduce congestion around schools, especially where there is more than one in close proximity.

Mr Richards said it was important people parked in designated areas so they did not have issues with drivers parking on neighbouring properties.

“We do the best to build positive relationships with neighbours who watch our school when we are holidays, and we don’t want people to be disrespectful and park on their lawn,” he said.

“Parents want to see their children at the end of the day and sometimes with the excitement their focus can shift from driving.

“Generally our parents are pretty good but we need to consider student safety and be respectful to those nearby.”

Rangers sent out a letter to parents and teachers asking them to be diligent and follow the correct parking protocols. The City has installed new yellow lines which signal hazard in the area.

City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle, who is a former school teacher, said traffic issues were particularly bad around schools that were close together.

“Parking is often an issue for schools as there is a set start and finish time, which brings lots of vehicles into the area at once,” she said.

“The City will be installing speed cushions along Comrie Road near Campbell Primary School in response to speeding complaints.”

Cr Searle encouraged students to ride or walk to school as it would create less traffic and therefore fewer accidents.