Parliament hears pleas for crossing guard at South Coogee Primary

Cockburn MLA Fran Logan with Makaylah Larkin-Boys (6) and Nate Gephart (4). Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au   d440583
Cockburn MLA Fran Logan with Makaylah Larkin-Boys (6) and Nate Gephart (4). Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d440583

THE push to have a crossing guard stationed at a local school has continued, with members of the South Coogee Primary School community taking their appeal to Parliament.

The school, located on Ivankovich Avenue, fronts a growing precinct featuring a shopping centre, a service station, restaurants and apartments, and parents believe now is the right time to have the safety measure put in.

Students and parents visited Parliament recently to hear Cockburn MLA Fran Logan read out a grievance he hoped would prompt Police Minister Liza Harvey to agree to their request.

“I appeal to the minister today to use her powers over school crosswalk attendants and to liaise with the City of Cockburn to have a school crosswalk attendant approved for that school,” Mr Logan said.

“As the minister knows, a price cannot be put on the life of a child.

“What people have been faced with down there has gradually got worse.”

Ms Harvey said an assessment late last year found there was sufficient pedestrian numbers but inadequate traffic volumes to qualify for a crossing guard.

But the site is suitable for a type B crossing, meaning the school can arrange its own guards. The installation of flashing 40km/h signs will also be investigated.