Park­ing fails grade

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

FIRST RE­PORTED AT ED­U­CA­TION Min­is­ter Sue Ellery has called on the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment to de­vise a plan to deal with a lack of park­ing at Daw­son Park Pri­mary School in Forrestfield.

Ms Ellery vis­ited the school on Wed­nes­day to see first- hand the park­ing con­cerns, which were raised af­ter a stu­dent was struck by a ve­hi­cle last year.

P& C pres­i­dent Emma Bone said the school had lim­ited on­site park­ing for par­ents and care­givers and an in­suf­fi­cient area for drop­ping off and pick­ing up stu­dents.

She said there was min­i­mal street park­ing and par­ents had re­ceived fines for park­ing on the verge op­po­site the school.

“We want to be able to drop off and pick up our chil­dren safely,” she said.

“Our school has grown over the years, putting ma­jor pres­sures on the lim­ited park­ing fa­cil­i­ties, and that’s why many of our mem­bers have raised the is­sue with our Forrestfield MP Stephen Price.

“We are pleased the Min­is­ter has come out to get a first- hand per­spec­tive of the prob­lem.”

Ms Ellery said she had asked the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment to de­velop a plan to ad­dress the park­ing prob­lems.

“Schools are al­ways busy dur­ing pick- up and drop- off. How­ever, I un­der­stand the con­cerns that have been raised by the school com­mu­nity – the lack of on­site and street park­ing clearly re­quires at­ten­tion,” she said.

Mr Price said al­ter­na­tive op­tions for park­ing were clearly re­quired at the school.

“It is clear that stu­dent safety is com­pro­mised in this in­stance,” he said.

P& C mem­ber Julie Rogers, P& C pres­i­dent Emma Bone, deputy prin­ci­pal Den­nis Bus­sell, Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Sue Ellery, Forrestfield MLA Stephen Price, and P& C mem­ber Cherie Luca.

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