Forrestfield: Education Minister demands plan to address lack of parking at Dawson Park PS


Julie Rogers, P&C president Emma Bone, Dennis Bussell, Education Minister Sue Ellery, Forrestfield MLA Stephen Price and Cherie Luca.
Julie Rogers, P&C president Emma Bone, Dennis Bussell, Education Minister Sue Ellery, Forrestfield MLA Stephen Price and Cherie Luca.

EDUCATION Minister Sue Ellery has called on the Education Department to devise a plan to deal with a lack of parking at Dawson Park Primary School in Forrestfield.

Ms Ellery visited the school on Wednesday to see firsthand the parking concerns which were raised after a student was struck by a vehicle last year.

P&C president Emma Bone said the school had limited on-site parking for parents and caregivers, and an insufficient area for dropping off and picking up students.

She added there was minimal street parking and parents had eceived fines for parking on the verge opposite the school.

“We want to be able to drop off and pick up our children safely,” she said.

“Our school has grown over the years putting major pressures on the limited parking facilities, and that’s why many of our members have raised the issue with our Forrestfield MP Stephen Price.

“We are pleased the Minister has come out to get a firsthand perspective of the problem.”

Ms Ellery said she has asked the Education Department to develop a plan to address the parking problems.

“Schools are always busy during pick up and drop off, however I understand the concerns that have been raised by the school community – the lack of onsite and street parking clearly requires attention,” she said.

Mr Price said alternative options for parking were clearly required at the school.

“Most schools have congestion at drop-off and pick-up times but with growing numbers and a busy road adjacent to the school, it is clear that student safety is compromised in this instance,” he said.

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