Parking fails grade
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.