Calls for traffic solution

Mandurah MLA David Templeman and mums Gayle Berg with Jazmin (4), Tania Lewis, Lisa Fitzpatrick and Kylie Brown are angry about traffic problems at the school site. Picture: Jon Hewson d415506
Mandurah MLA David Templeman and mums Gayle Berg with Jazmin (4), Tania Lewis, Lisa Fitzpatrick and Kylie Brown are angry about traffic problems at the school site. Picture: Jon Hewson d415506

Mandurah MLA David Templeman met with parents on Monday morning to discuss their ‘major safety concerns’.

‘The parking situation is appalling,’ he said.

‘I’ve counted 38 bays, which is woefully inadequate given the student numbers.

‘There are nearly 1000 students at the school and it is in a growth area.’

Parents also called for more footpaths on adjoining roads and the implementation of pedestrian crossings with traffic wardens in Oakmont Avenue.

One parents said it was bizarre that there were three schools on Oakmont Avenue but no crossings.

Mr Templeman said a committee had approved traffic wardens in August last year.

‘As soon as the City of Mandurah is able to construct the crossing points, wardens could be in place very quickly,’ he said.

‘It should have been in place at the beginning of this year but there has been some stalling,’ he said.

When the Times contacted the City of Mandurah, a spokeswoman said safety crossing infrastructure for a guard controlled crossing would be installed on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

‘Following the approval in August, the City had to organise the plans, as it is a regulatory crossing and must conform to the requirements of the Traffic Act,’ she said. ‘To achieve this, Main Roads WA had to approve plans for the crossing’s signing and line marking, to which the City received approval on January 24.’

‘The crossing will allow the children to cross the road safely, however, it’s been made clear to all parties that there is no path on the verge.

‘This work will have to be budgeted for as it was not planned when the school was constructed.’

Peel traffic police Sergeant Mike Nardini said officers were aware of how busy it was at the school zones in Oakmont Avenue at the start and close of school.

‘While police do target the area, parents need to take care and be patient,’ he said.