ANDERSON FIGHTS FOR SAFER KOOTY CROSSING
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is taking action on behalf of the Kootingal community to make the local school crossing safer for children and families following outcries form concerned residents.
Mr Anderson said the community has genuine concerns which he will raise with the Minister for Roads Freight and Maritime, Melinda Pavey MP in the hope of seeing something change.
“The school pedestrian crossing on Denman Avenue doesn’t have a school crossing supervisor or is not a marked zebra crossing which means traffic is less inclined to stop or slow down when approaching the crossing, making it a dangerous area for pedestrians.
“Denman Avenue sees a lot of traffic movement during school drop off and pick up times and the community believes more can be done to increase safety for children and families.
“It’s not just the number of cars, trucks and motorbikes that use the road though; it’s the traffic behaviour which is of great concern. Finding a solution here may not be a simple numbers game.
“The local police provide a presence in the area whenever possible which helps slow traffic, however they can’t guarantee that they can always be there making it a guessing game as to when it will be a ‘safe day’ or not.
“The NSW Government places a high level of importance on pedestrian safety around schools and we have seen the benefits of this in our local area.
“Many schools in our electorate have had school zone signs upgraded to new flashing light signs, we’ve seen fence and kerb upgrades and pedestrian refuges installed to assist children to attend school safely.
“We can always do more to protect our young. Simple steps can be taken to better protect the young people attending Kootingal Public School.
“A petition gathering support for change to occur in this area has been circulated and I look forward to fighting with the community to make this happen,” Mr Anderson concluded.