Members of the Blairmount school community continue to fear for the safety of children due to the lack of a designated crossing on Clydesdale Drive, which has led to a number of students being almost hit by passing vehicles.
Campbelltown MP Greg Warren has again urged the Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell MLC, to urgently install a school crossing on Clydesdale Drive near Blairmount Public School to curb the risk of students crossing the road before and after school.
“There are genuine fears that it is only a matter of time before a serious incident occurs unless the crossing is established,” Mr Warren said.
Mr Warren introduced a Notice of Motion this week in the Parliament of NSW to further highlight the serious concerns faced by students.
He wrote to Minister Mitchell requesting a crossing in February and received a response a few weeks later from Parliamentary Secretary, Kevin Conolly MP.
Whilst Mr Conolly said police presence around the school during pick up and drop off times would be increased, he did not commit to establishing a crossing.
Mr Warren subsequently wrote again to Minister Mitchell to reinforce the need for a designated school crossing on Clydesdale Drive.
The Notice of Motion introduced by Mr Warren gave notice that the house:
- Notes the serious concerns regarding students at Blairmount Public School crossing the road near the school on Clydesdale Drive
- Acknowledges the representations made both by myself and the school community regarding the need for a school crossing on Clydesdale Drive
- Urges the Minister to act on those representations and establish a school crossing on Clydesdale Drive for students, parents and staff at Blairmount Public School
“The request from the school community and myself was clear – a crossing is the only measure that will ensure students, parents and staff can cross Clydesdale Drive before and after school safely,” Mr Warren said.
“I truly hope the Minister revaluates the request, acknowledges the seriousness of this situation, and establishes the crossing on Clydesdale Drive.”