School cel­e­brates round­about re­lief

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - By FREYJA POSTLETHWAITE

STU­DENTS are safer thanks to the in­stal­la­tion of a round­about and new bus and cross­ing ar­eas, much to the re­lief of Ox­ley Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Jeremy Campbell.

The $2 mil­lion round­about in Ox­ley at the Wan­garatta Whit­field Road and Snow Road in­ter­sec­tion was of­fi­cially opened in a cer­e­mony at the school last Fri­day.

The school’s new car park, safer school cross­ing and bus area jointly funded by VicRoads and the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta were also of­fi­cially opened dur­ing the event.

The lo­cal com­mu­nity had cam­paigned for a round­about to be placed in the in­ter­sec­tion af­ter three crashes oc­curred in five years, in­clud­ing a dev­as­tat­ing dou­ble fa­tal­ity in Jan­uary 2012.

Fund­ing for the project was an­nounced on Mon­day, Novem­ber 10 in 2014 through the Traf­fic Ac­ci­dent Com­mis­sion fi­nanced Safer Road In­fra­struc­ture Program.

Mr Campbell said the news of the round­about was a re­lief to him as it meant stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers would be safer.

“The project has hon­estly been a huge suc­cess for the school and the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“One of my big­gest wor­ries was about the safety of the stu­dents and when there were ac­ci­dents there were huge ram­i­fi­ca­tions in the com­mu­nity.

“The round­about has been a huge re­lief to ev­ery­one and such a mas­sive change to how ev­ery­one goes past our school.”

Mr Campbell said the school coun­cil and the wider com­mu­nity were grate­ful to­ward VicRoads and the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta for con­tribut­ing to­ward stu­dent safety in the area.

PHOTO: Freyja Postlethwaite

SAFER SCHOOL: Mi­lawa Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Jeremy Campbell and stu­dents (from left) Alexan­der Philpott and Alexan­dra Ue­ber­gang are re­lieved the school now has a safer bus area and cross­ing.

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