School celebrates roundabout relief
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.
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.