FRESH­WA­TER BAY GETS CROSS­ING

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By KRISTIE LIM

ABOUT 30 Fresh­wa­ter Bay Pri­mary School par­ents con­vinced Clare­mont coun­cil­lors to ap­prove two chil­dren’s cross­ings last week, putting an end to a two-year fight.

All eight coun­cil­lors voted against the of­fi­cer rec­om­men­da­tion to re­ject the cross­walks on Princess Road be­tween Bay View Ter­race and Ch­ester Road and on Bay View Ter­race be­tween Park Land and Princess Road.

In 2014, the school first ap­plied to the Chil­dren’s Cross­ing and Road Safety Com­mit­tee to seek ap­proval for the two chil­dren’s cross­ings .

Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cer’s report, the Town of Clare­mont ap­proved this ap­pli­ca­tion but no fur­ther ac­tion was taken un­til 2016, when the Town met with the school to re­visit the cross­ings.

Cr Jill Goetze pre­sented an al­ter­na­tive mo­tion to ap­prove two chil­dren cross­ings, con­sider fund­ing in the mid-year bud­get re­view and for the school to de­velop a traf­fic man­age­ment plan. The al­ter­na­tive mo­tion was passed 8-0.

In an ad­dress to coun­cil, Fresh­wa­ter Bay PS prin­ci­pal Si­mon Reid said in­stalling two cross­walks would re­duce the “per­ceived risk” of ac­ci­dents.

“As a prin­ci­pal of a school, I have to en­sure ev­ery­one in my school is safe,” he said.

“Now in ex­cess of 480 stu­dents… the traf­fic flow has in­creased be­cause there are no safe cross­walks for par­ents to walk stu­dents to school.

“One in­ci­dent, one child hurt is one too many.”

School board chair­man Con Zem­plas, who also spoke at the meet­ing, said all other schools in the area had cross­walks ex­cept for Fresh­wa­ter Bay.

“It is not just the stu­dents that will ben­e­fit from these cross­walks but the com­mu­nity as well,” he said.

Cr Goetze said she wanted to see less traf­fic in the area and a safe way for chil­dren to walk to school.

“Princess Road and Bay View Ter­race were too dan­ger­ous for my chil­dren to walk through 20 years ago,” she said.

“I think Fresh­wa­ter Bay Pri­mary School is sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent to Christ Church Gram­mar School be­cause coun­cil did not sup­port that be­cause there was a set of traf­fic lights 100m away.”

Cr Peter Browne said he hoped the coun­cil could work with the school to find op­tions to fund the cross­walks, cost­ing $50,000.

Cr Bruce Haynes said cross­walks solved and cre­ated prob­lems and the school needed to form an ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram for chil­dren.

Cr Alastair Tul­loch said coun­cil would agree chil­dren safety was paramount.

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