New signs clear confusion outside Rockingham schools

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PARKING at Baldivis Secondary College and Rivergums Primary School should be clearer after new signs were installed recently.

The issues around parking for the before- and after-school runs had left many feeling angry and created unnecessary stress for parents.

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby said fines and confusion can now be avoided after parents complained to him.

“A number of parents made an honest mistake by parking on a raised area of brick paving at the front of the schools,” he said.

“The red paving looks distinct from a grey concrete pedestrian path, so some motorists wrongly assumed that it was for parking.

“The president of Rivergums Primary wrote to me asking; ‘are we able to get some signs to say ‘do not park here?’.

“I raised the issue directly with Mayor Barry Sammels and the problem was quickly sorted out with Rockingham City Council agreeing to install ‘No Parking’ signs.

“I also asked the City to consider warnings instead of fines and the City agreed to stop issuing fines until the signs are installed and to look favourably on appeals against fines issued to motorists on this occasion.

Mr Whitby said the result was a win for common sense.

“Thanks to Rivergums Primary P&C President Julieanne Bruce for raising the issue and to Mayor Sammels for responding positively,” he said.

“I urge all parents to be careful not to park on the raised brick paving in the future and to obey the ‘No Parking’ signs when they are installed.

“Meantime, if you were confused about where to park and were fined, make sure you lodge an appeal with the City.”