NSW GOVERNMENT BOOSTING PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AROUND SCHOOLS IN THE RIVERSTONE ELECTORATE

Written on the 9 December 2016 by Kevin Conolly

NSW GOVERNMENT BOOSTING PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AROUND SCHOOLS IN THE RIVERSTONE ELECTORATE

Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly said the NSW Government is improving safety for children attending St Marks Catholic College in Stanhope Gardens and The Ponds High School in The Ponds with a boost to pedestrian safety infrastructure.

Mr Conolly said the improvements are part of a $5 million investment across 135 schools in NSW to help make it safer for children walking near their school.

"Children attending St Marks Catholic College and The Ponds High School will be a little safer walking near their school thanks to the fact the Riverstone Electorate is sharing in this funding," said Mr Conolly.

Pedestrian safety works to be carried out at these schools are:

St Marks Catholic College - Fencing
The Ponds High School - Pedestrian refuge

"We all have a role to play when it comes to pedestrian safety, particularly when it comes to the safety around schools," Mr Conolly said.

The NSW Government launched the Look Out Before You Step Out campaign earlier this year to raise awareness of the dangers faced by pedestrians.

"School children are some of the most vulnerable people using the road, which is why we have targeted safety programs such as school zone flashing lights, pedestrian crossings and fencing to keep children safe going to and from school," said Mr Conolly.

The number of pedestrian deaths in NSW so far this year stands at 61, which is 8 more than the same time last year.

"We can all play our part in helping move the road toll toward zero by sticking to school zone speed limits and constantly keeping an eye out for children who might run out onto the road unexpectedly," Mr Conolly added.

The NSW Government is providing funding to local councils, which will be responsible for rolling out the projects over the next two financial years.


Author: Kevin Conolly

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