Wanneroo wants greater say in school crossing locations

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THE City of Wanneroo wants to have more input on school children’s crossing applications.

Councillors supported the City’s recommendation at their July meeting to ask the WA Local Government Association to establish a Children’s Crossing Working Group and seek State funding for installing crossings.

A City report said children’s crossings were assessed and approved by the Children’s Crossing and Road Safety Committee (CCRSC), which had representatives from WA Police, Department of Education, Main Roads WA, WALGA, Association of Independent Schools WA and Catholic Education Office of WA.

“Although the City has no direct input to the CCRSC, it is required to endorse the application and fund the installation of associated infrastructure,” it said.

“Local governments at the point of receiving the application from a school can only approve or decline the application based on what is submitted but cannot recommend an alternative location as part of the application process.”

It said installing the crossings could cost between $20,000 and $50,000 and were prioritised in the City’s long term capital works program.

Schools or P&C organisations can apply for crossings and the committee assesses if it is warranted based on the number of vehicle movements and children crossing the road.

According to the report, applications were made on an “ad-hoc basis” throughout the financial year, which required the City’s participation, and three to four were installed per year.

Significant issues of the process were that the growing number of schools placed a “large and unpredictable financial burden”, the City could not recommend alternative locations and risked damaging community relations if it declined an application, it had no direct decision-making role and believed the basis for warranting a crossing needed reviewing to reflect that Year 7 students now attended high school.

The City will outline the problems in a report to WALGA and Mayor Tracey Roberts will write to the Road Safety and Transport ministers requesting the creation of a funding program for local governments to install crossings.