Student safety concerns


Mandurah MLA David Templeman with concerned parents and students outside Lakelands Primary School.  Picture: Jon Hewson         www.communitypix.com.au   d450471
Mandurah MLA David Templeman with concerned parents and students outside Lakelands Primary School. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d450471

There are no crosswalks across three of the main adjoining roads, so children cross where and when they can.

This situation has been frustrating for Parents and Citizens president Megan Turner, who is concerned about student safety.

“In an hour, there are about 300 cars in the morning and 400 cars in the afternoon,” she said.

“We have approval for a Type A crossing (which includes a pedestrian crossing and a lollypop lady (traffic warden) on Catalina Drive, but nothing has happened.”

Mandurah MLA David Templeman said the situation was a “disaster”.

“The site on Catalina Drive was classified as A-class on October 3, but three weeks into the school term and we still have the safety of children at risk.

“We had the same situation at Meadow Springs Primary School when it opened.

“Someone needs to be the lead agency because there is a lack of co-ordination between the stakeholders – the police, Main Roads, the Education Department and council.”

Police and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the crossing at Catalina Drive near Bellambi Chase Lakelands had been approved.

“Main Roads is waiting for the local government to complete its civil works, which include road modifications and traffic-calming,” she said.

“Cawana Parkway near Benooka St, Lakelands was declined a Type-A crossing by the School Crossing Committee as it did not meet the criteria for vehicle numbers.

“However, the committee did write and advise that the school may like to consider a Type-B crossing.

“WA Police have had no correspondence from the school regarding this.

“Mr Templeman was advised of the situation on February 17.”

City of Mandurah chief executive Mark Newman said works should take place in the April school holidays to minimise the impact to road users on Catalina Drive.

“The City works with our local police and other authorities (including Main Roads) to ensure our roads are safe for all,” he said.

“However, driver behaviour is a community issue and we urge our community to take care on the roads, particularly around school zones.”