The push is on for a school crossing supervisor on Bloomfield Street at the front of Gunnedah Public School.


Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson met with Gunnedah Public School P&C President Lisa Warren and concerned parents at the crossing to discuss their safety concerns.


“There is a school crossing out the front of the school with flags only but no supervisor. So students attending the school are forced to cross the busy road sometimes without supervision.


“Bloomfield Street is one of the busiest streets in Gunnedah and is the designated heavy vehicle bypass for the town, so large trucks frequently drive right past the front of the school.


“I believe there needs to be a dedicated school crossing supervisor in the morning and afternoon to provide a safe environment for students to cross this busy road because young people can have limited judgement when it comes to judging traffic. A crossing supervisor would be able to control the traffic and escort children safely.


President Gunnedah Public School P&C Lisa Warren said “crossing supervisors have been appointed outside the Gunnedah High School where there is also a pedestrian (zebra) crossing and at Gunnedah South Public School to supervise students across the split roads. Both of these streets are residential and do not carry the heavy vehicle traffic like that found on Bloomfield Street.”


Mr Anderson said “I have real concerns for the safety of children at the busy crossing and I am backing the call for a crossing supervisor in the morning and afternoon on school days.


“I will be going to the Minister on this issue and asking for this crossing to be assessed so that we can provide a safe environment around schools for students. The safety of young people is paramount and I thank the Gunnedah Public School P&C for bringing this to my attention,” Mr Anderson said.

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