City wants say on school cross­ings

Wanneroo Times - - Street Watch - Laura Pond

THE City of Wan­neroo wants to have more in­put on school chil­dren’s cross­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

Coun­cil­lors sup­ported the City’s rec­om­men­da­tion at their July meet­ing to ask the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion to es­tab­lish a Chil­dren’s Cross­ing Work­ing Group and seek state fund­ing for in­stalling cross­ings.

A City re­port said chil­dren’s cross­ings were as­sessed and ap­proved by the Chil­dren’s Cross­ing and Road Safety Com­mit­tee (CCRSC), which had rep­re­sen­ta­tives from WA Po­lice, Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Main Roads, WALGA, As­so­ci­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Schools WA and the Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice of WA.

“Although the City has no di­rect in­put to the CCRSC, it is re­quired to en­dorse the ap­pli­ca­tion and fund the in­stal­la­tion of as­so­ci­ated in­fra­struc­ture,” it said.

“Lo­cal gov­ern­ments, at the point of re­ceiv­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion from a school, can only ap­prove or de­cline the ap­pli­ca­tion based on what is sub­mit­ted, but can­not rec­om­mend an al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tion as part of the ap­pli­ca­tion process.”

It said in­stalling the cross­ings could cost be­tween $20,000 and $50,000 and were pri­ori­tised in the City’s long-term cap­i­tal works pro­gram.

Schools or P&C or­gan­i­sa­tions can ap­ply for cross­ings and the com­mit­tee as­sesses if it is war­ranted based on the num­ber of ve­hi­cle move­ments and chil­dren cross­ing the road.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, ap­pli­ca­tions were made on an “ad-hoc ba­sis” through the fi­nan­cial year, which re­quired the City’s par­tic­i­pa­tion, and three to four were in­stalled per year.

Sig­nif­i­cant is­sues iden­ti­fied with the process were that the grow­ing num­ber of schools posed a “large and un­pre­dictable fi­nan­cial bur­den”, the City could not rec­om­mend al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tions and risked dam­ag­ing com­mu­nity re­la­tions if it de­clined an ap­pli­ca­tion, it had no di­rect de­ci­sion-mak­ing role and be­lieved the ba­sis for war­rant­ing a cross­ing needed re­view­ing to re­flect that Year 7 stu­dents now at­tended high school.

The City will out­line the prob­lems in a re­port to WALGA and Mayor Tracey Roberts will write to the Road Safety and Trans­port min­is­ters re­quest­ing the cre­ation of a fund­ing pro­gram for lo­cal gov­ern­ments to in­stall cross­ings.

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