MORE SCHOOL CROSSING SUPERVISORS

Written on the 6 February 2019 by Kevin Conolly

MORE SCHOOL CROSSING SUPERVISORS

Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly has welcomed today's announcement by the Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Rob Stokes that school crossings across NSW will be made even safer with 300 more school crossing supervisors to be provided by a re-elected NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.

Relaxing the eligibility criteria for schools to qualify for these 300 additional "lollipop" people means that there are more primary schools in the Riverstone electorate which stand to benefit, including at least:

Quakers Hill East Public School
Riverbank Public School

"These schools didn't meet one of the two criteria of the existing formula (relating to vehicle and student numbers) when they last applied. Now it will be necessary to meet only one criterion or the other, but not both. I expect that other primary schools in the electorate may also now meet the relaxed criteria.

"I'm over the moon about the change to the formula and I'm pleased that the Premier and the Minister for Education chose Quakers Hill East Public School in the Riverstone electorate to make this announcement. I have been advocating for some time now to have the eligibility criteria reviewed, particularly in rapidly growing electorates such as here in Riverstone," said Mr Conolly.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Rob Stokes said the initiative, an investment of $18.5 million over the coming four year term, would offer more protection for children and improved visibility for motorists.

"Keeping kids safe is our number one priority and every child in NSW should be able to get to and from school safely," Ms Berejiklian said. 

Mr Stokes said under the 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. Under the change, they will only need to meet one of the criteria.

"This initiative means more schools will be eligible for a lollipop supervisor, including 69 schools that had applied in the last two years and were found ineligible," Mr Stokes said. 

Funding for this program will start in the next financial year and the supervisor recruiting process will commence shortly afterwards, meaning the first supervisors can be expected to be in place in the latter part of this school year.

"School zones are some of the safest parts of our road network and since 2013 we haven't lost a single child in an operating school zone."

The School Crossing Supervisor Program currently funds up to 1200 supervisors at around 800 crossings across the State.

School zone safety has always been a priority for the Liberals & Nationals 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.


Author: Kevin Conolly

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