Kyabram Free Press

Drivers caught speeding near schools

- By Myles Peterson By Myles Peterson

Victoria Police is disappoint­ed by the number of motorists caught speeding near Kyabram schools last week.

Senior Constable Mitchell Bull said the behaviour was dangerous and urged people to slow down or face heavy fines and potential loss of licence.

Thirteen infringeme­nt notices were issued during the operation targeting Breen

A childish act of vandalism failed to mar the fun for more than 20 kindie kids on Thursday, July 29.

The group of neon-clad tots made the journey from Aussie Kindies Early Learning to the Kyabram Water Tank Mural under watchful supervisio­n to donate $1300 for new equipment.

The money has funded two tables and seating at the improving site in the hope of drawing more visitors to Kyabram and to give locals a pleasant place to picnic.

Ave and Mccormick Rd to enforce speed limits around Kyabram P-12 College and St Augustine’s College.

One driver was detected doing 78km/h in the 40 school zone on Breen Rd and received an infringeme­nt notice and sixmonth licence suspension. Another detected doing 67km/h on the same road lost their licence for three months.

Members from Elmore, Kyabram, Rochester,

A short ceremony on Thursday marked the handover of the cash and signs were attached to the new tables.

But the event was almost tarnished by vandalism reportedly conducted the previous day that had damaged COVID-19 safety equipment. Lewd messages were also scrawled in the visitors’ book.

Kyabram police said they were investigat­ing.

Kyabram Project Committee president Allan Weeks said he was confident the vandals would be apprehende­d.

Rushworth and Tongala stations participat­ed in the operation, which targeted distracted driving, speeding, unsafe vehicles and driving under the influence, with more than 230 breath tests conducted.

“As police we are disappoint­ed with the level of non-compliance. There are huge safety concerns to do with young kids and buses,” Senior Constable Bull said.

“We've got cameras up there and we’ve already got a pretty fair idea who they were,” Mr Weeks said.

The children were none the wiser of the crime and enjoyed selecting their sponsored tables, racing back and forth across the site.

“It is great to see the little ones involved . . . they've been raising funds towards these tables, and they're going to be able to bring their families here and have a picnic and show off their signs,” Mr Weeks said.

Early learning educator Karen

Local motorists may have become confused over school speed limits during COVID-19 lockdowns, according to Senior Constable Bull; however, speed limits did not change, and schools were still open to cater to the children of essential workers during the lockdowns.

“40km an hour never ceases because schools were still operationa­l — it has always been enforced,” he said.

Brumby said her young charges were excited to be associated with the project and had been working hard to raise the $1300.

“We did a lot of our fundraisin­g with the kids last year. They made packs of playdough and sold them to our families. We also did bingo boards. We had the toddler room auction some pieces of art . . . we've done a lot of our fundraisin­g through the parent community,” she said.

The idea came to Ms Brumby as a way to get the children involved with the community and take pride in their efforts. She is now looking for other projects to support.

The Kyabram Water Tank Mural has received more than 300 visitors since April, according to the visitors’ book, hailing from across Australia and as far as Mexico.

The site is yet to be completed, with plans for wet-weather facilities and a shed and more surveillan­ce equipment to deter future acts of vandalism.

Anyone with informatio­n on the recent damage can contact Kyabram police on (03) 5853 1777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 ??  ?? Children from Aussie Kindies Early Learning celebrated on Thursday with the handover of $1300 paying for two tables and seating at the Kyabram Water Tank Mural site. Also pictured are the Kyabram Project Committee’s Allan Weeks, Joy Salter and Barry Church, with early learning educator Karen Brumby.
Children from Aussie Kindies Early Learning celebrated on Thursday with the handover of $1300 paying for two tables and seating at the Kyabram Water Tank Mural site. Also pictured are the Kyabram Project Committee’s Allan Weeks, Joy Salter and Barry Church, with early learning educator Karen Brumby.

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