Lighting the way to safety

Traffic warden Bob Hopkins,Corpus Christi principal Caroline Payne,Yidarra Primary School acting principal Rosemary Paparella and Member for Bateman Matt Taylor. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d425703
Traffic warden Bob Hopkins,Corpus Christi principal Caroline Payne,Yidarra Primary School acting principal Rosemary Paparella and Member for Bateman Matt Taylor. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d425703

And, with Fiona Stanley Hospital opening next month, they fear the heavy traffic on the busy Bateman road will get even worse before and after school.

A meeting was held at the school last Thursday, attended by concerned members of the school communities, Bateman MLA Matt Taylor and City of Melville councillors.

Mr Taylor said the school community had considered an overpass or an underpass, but was in favour of an underpass.

Melville Deputy Mayor Mark Reynolds presented the meeting with the third option of a lights crossing, which the school had originally thought was not possible due to the proximity of the Somerville Boulevard traffic lights.

Mr Taylor said the school was informed that it may be an option if at an appropriate distance.

He said all councillors spoke in favour of a lights crossing.

Mr Taylor said the school now needed to build a case for some sort of crossing treatment and he had alerted Transport Minister Dean Nalder to the problem.

‘I am looking forward to meeting with him and I will talk to him about it next week when we are back at Parliament,’ he said.

Mr Taylor said Main Roads had told him that it intended to record traffic data in the area 6-12 months after Fiona Stanley Hospital opened, once traffic patterns had settled.

He said a lights crossing was cheaper and quicker than an overpass or underpass and still provided a safe crossing for students.

He believed the school would be happy with that as an outcome and he thought it was the preferred option.

‘It’s about de-risking the environment for kids,’ he said.

‘While it’s a local government road, I’m keen to see how the State Government can help.’

He said in the past there had been a good response from the minister to requests by local community groups.