Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Students and parents at Poowong Consolidated School will soon have a safer walk to school, with new electronic speed signs to be installed on Ranceby Road and Gardner Lane.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $80,000 to install four flashing electronic speed signs to alert drivers to the 40km/h speed limit during school times.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will include $23.9 million to improve road safety around our schools, while also providing a massive boost to Victoria’s School Crossing Supervisor Program.

Poowong Consolidated School will be one of the first schools to benefit, with dozens more school safety announcements to follow over the coming weeks.

The Labor Government has also announced $18.9 million to continue the popular School Crossing Supervisor Program, which has been keeping our kids safe for more than 40 years.

There are more than 3000 crossing supervisors across the state – the highest number of any state or territory in Australia – with Victoria the only state with supervised crossings outside secondary schools.

The package will allow the school crossing supervisor program to continue to run until 2019 under a co-funding model between the Victorian Government and local councils.

A recent review by Transport for Victoria found supervised school crossings were an effective and cost-efficient way to improve safety around our schools.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“These new flashing signs seem like a small change, but they’ll make a positive and potentially life-saving difference – we’re determined to make sure that every child is safe when travelling to and from school and we know that measures just like these work.”

“Poowong Consolidated School community was clear about the importance of a safer school zone – we’ve listened and we’re investing in the flashing electronic signs that the school and its students, staff and parents deserve.”