Kyabram Free Press
Drivers caught speeding near schools
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.