Tamworth South Public School and Gunnedah Public School are among the 19 regional school crossings to see a safety boost with recruitment to begin soon on a new school crossing supervisor.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the recruitment of two lollipop supervisors for Tamworth South and one for Gunnedah Public was a win for the students, parents and friends of the schools.

“This is great news for these schools, lollipop men and women are so important in helping keep our youngest road users safe.

“School zones are one of the safest areas of the NSW road network, with not a single child pedestrian fatality in an active school zone since 2013.

“I strongly encourage dedicated people interested in serving their community in this important and lifesaving way to keep an eye out for the job ad.”

“No matter where you live, every child should be able to get to and from school safely.

“I have real concerns for the safety of children at the busy crossing and I’ve been backing the call for a crossing supervisors for those schools in need.
“Under previous requirements, a school crossing had to be used by 300 cars per hour in the morning and afternoon as well as at least 50 students to be eligible for a supervisor. 

“We’ve changed the requirements to enable more schools to qualify for a crossing supervisor as they now only need to meet one of the criteria.

“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,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Gunnedah Public P&C President Lisa Warren said the school community would be “really excited” by the news.

“We’ve been working on this for some time and we’d like to thank Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson for all the help he has given us.

“This is really good news,” she said.

School crossing supervisors are part of a suite of measures the NSW Government has implemented within NSW school zones to keep kids safe.

There is now at least one set of school zone flashing lights for every school in NSW, with more than 6000 school flashing lights now installed.

More information can be found at https://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au  

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