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TERM four will have a much safer start for Palmerston schoolchildren as the Electronic Speed Light Signs project continues to unroll to schools across the suburbs.
Bakewell Primary, Durack Primary, Moulden Park and Sacred Heart Catholic Primary schools have been the first recipients of the program which has had $100,000 invested into it by Palmerston council.
Palmerston Mayor Athina Pascoe-Bell said children had to be front of mind when it came to road safety, particularly around schools.
“Council is committed to improving the safety of our road networks. That’s why we are implementing this project to provide a safer environment for motorists and pedestrians, including children, our most vulnerable road users, as they travel to and from school,” Ms Pascoe-Bell said.
“I also take this opportunity to remind drivers that school’s in on Monday and there will be kids about, so please slow down and be extra careful around school zones.”
The Northern Territory Government has matched council’s $100,000 investment with studies showing the project has seen reductions of more than 8km/h after drivers pass through the speed signs.
Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler said government investments in Palmerston were proving worthwhile and were helping the city to develop.
“This is the first of a series of capital grants for Palmerston, which will enable the city council to fast-track local infrastructure projects – creating job opportunities for Territorians,” she said.
“Palmerston is the fastest growing city in the Territory and our government is delivering on the infrastructure needed for it to be a safe, vibrant community.
“We promised Palmerston a new police station and have delivered on that promise and these smaller projects are just another way we are enhancing the safety of our local community.”
The remaining 12 school crossings in Palmerston will be tended to within two years.
Palmerston Mayor Athina Pascoe-Bell, Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler and Alderman Lucy Buhr with members of the Durack Primary community. The school has recently had Electronic Speed Light Signs installed at its school crossing