A sign of support

East Metropolitan MLC Donna Faragher with Inglewood Pre Primary students Courtney Borg, Ruby Johnson and Emma Schofield,with Jacqui Schofield (front) and Aileen Johnson (back).
East Metropolitan MLC Donna Faragher with Inglewood Pre Primary students Courtney Borg, Ruby Johnson and Emma Schofield,with Jacqui Schofield (front) and Aileen Johnson (back).

The petition, submitted by East Metropolitan MLC Donna Faragher to Transport Minister Troy Buswell, comes after an accident last year close to the pre-primary school site on Hamer Parade.

Parent Aileen Johnson said the flashing lights would help alert drivers to the small school.

‘School has only just started and I have seen people speeding past, even bus drivers do,’ she said.

‘A lot of people don’t’ realise this pre-primary is here.’

Last year, orange toppers were placed on the existing 40km/h signs on Hamer Parade, Mrs Faragher said.

‘While these caps are a welcome improvement, the school is keen for the installation of flashing 40km/h signs to further improve driver awareness,’ she said. ‘The signs would certainly be important reminders to drivers that they are approaching the pre-primary school site, enhancing the safety of students, parents and staff.’

A spokeswoman for Mr Buswell said the petition had been received and would be considered as part of the 2014/15 round of electronic signs, to be announced in the new financial year.

‘The priority of installation takes into account a number of factors, which include the volume and speed of passing traffic, the nature and layout of the affected roads, and other site specific considerations,’ she said.

City of Stirling engineering design manager Paul Giamov said Hamer Parade, between Walter Road and Dundas Road, had also been identified as warranting traffic calming measures.

He said this section of road would be listed on the City’s five-year forward works program, but recent State Government cuts to funding for local road improvements meant works across the City would have to be prioritised.

‘The implementation of traffic calming measures along this section of Hamer Parade is likely to be within the three to five year timeframe,’ he said.

He said traffic studies would also be undertaken at an adjacent section of Eighth Avenue.