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Thursday, 07 March 2019

Anthony Roberts and the Boronia Park Public School community has delivered a safer school crossing for our kids.

Mr Roberts said that children’s safety is the top priority, with the school now eligible for a lollipop supervisor thanks to 300 additional lollipop supervisors to be provided by the Berejiklian Government.

“This was a collective effort by our community – Boronia Park Public previously didn’t qualify for extra help will now meet the criteria making school children even safer.

 “The NSW Government’s focus on creating great schools doesn’t just stop at schools maintenance and additional teachers, even a small detail like getting kids into the school safely has received increased investment because we have been able to balance the budget and pay off debt.”

“A special note of thanks to Clr Ben Collins, the Boronia Park PS Principal and the P&C who have been tireless in their efforts for reform.”

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes said the initiative would offer more protection for children and improved visibility for motorists.

“Keeping kids safe is our number one priority and every child in NSW should be able to get to and from school safely,” Ms Berejiklian said. 

Mr Stokes said under the previous requirements, a crossing had to be used by 300 cars per hour in the morning or afternoon as well as at least 50 students to be eligible for a supervisor. Under the change, they will only need to meet one of the criteria.

“This initiative means more schools will be eligible for a lollipop supervisor, including 69 schools that had previously applied and were found ineligible,” Mr Stokes said. 

The School Crossing Supervisor Program currently funds up to 1200 supervisors at around 800 crossings across the State.

School zone safety has always been a priority for the Liberals & Nationals Government. There is now at least one set of school zone flashing lights for every school in NSW. More than 5500 school flashing lights have been installed.

No child pedestrian has been killed in an operating school zone for the past five years.

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