SWEET - MORE LOLLIPOPS FOR TAMWORTH SOUTH AND GUNNEDAH PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Safety for children in the region is our number one priority and as a result Tamworth South and Gunnedah Public Schools are now eligible for a lollipop supervisor thanks to a program to introduce 300 more supervisors across the state.
Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson said the initiative would offer more protection for children and improved visibility for motorists.
“Keeping kids safe is our number one priority and every child in the region and across NSW should be able to get to and from school safely.
“Under previous requirements, a crossing had to be used by 300 cars per hour in the morning or afternoon as well as at least 50 students to be eligible for a supervisor – following this change they will only need to meet one of the criteria.
“Parents and teachers alike have been asking me to do more to ensure our kids are the safest they can be and I’ve been working hard to help deliver this result today.
“We are about providing a pair of eyes and a safe crossing for some of the youngest people in the state, helping them get to and home from school safe from harm each day,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Gunnedah P&C’s President Lisa Warren said she was delighted with the news.
“We’ve been campaigning for more than 12 months for this and it’s really exciting news.
“Particularly with a new enrolment of kindergarten kids just starting school this will help avoid any accidents,” Ms Warren said.
The School Crossing Supervisor Program currently funds up to 1200 supervisors at around 700 crossings across the State.
School zone safety has always been a priority for the Government. There is now at least one set of school zone flashing lights for every school in NSW. More than 5500 school flashing lights have been installed.
No child pedestrian has been killed in an operating school zone for the past five years.