Concern at lack of speed signs for Landsdale school

Landsdale Christian School principal Mark Foster, students Lauren Pickett and Cody Dalliston and Wanneroo councillor Domenic Zappa.
Landsdale Christian School principal Mark Foster, students Lauren Pickett and Cody Dalliston and Wanneroo councillor Domenic Zappa.

A TWO-decade-old school has changed its name and is undergoing expansion, but still does not have school-zone speed signs.

Landsdale Christian School, formerly Landsdale Gardens Adventist School, is undergoing a $4 million expansion to accommodate students from kindergarten to Year 12.

The school on Queensway Road had operated as a primary school for more than 20 years, but concerns about the lack of a posted 40km/h speed zone arose at a recent Wanneroo City Council meeting.

Cr Domenic Zappa moved a motion on the issue last month after a concerned parent contacted him with safety concerns for the school’s 130 students.

“I’m astonished to learn that it doesn’t have one around the school; every school has a 40km/h zone,” Cr Sabine Winton said.

Requests for school-zone signs have to be made by principals to the State Government, and the City’s assets director Harminder Singh said the long driveway to the school may have been the reason it had not previously applied.

The council agreed on November 10 for Mr Singh to give the school a letter of support for a 40km/h school zone with flashing signs.

Principal Mark Foster, who joined the school last year, said they expected to lodge the application with Main Roads WA this month.

In October, Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles said schools that would get LED 40km/h signs this term included Carramar, Hocking, Pearsall, Spring Hill, East Wanneroo and Wanneroo primary schools plus St Anthony’s School.