Education Road safety Colbinabbin

Colbo parents push for urgent safety works

31 March 2022

Variable speed signs are needed outside the Colbinabbin Primary School as a matter of urgency to keep the school’s students safe.

Member for Euroa Steph Ryan joined parents and local police on Tuesday to back the community’s call for the signs.

“I have asked the Roads Minister to fund the installations of these signs,” Ms Ryan said.

“The Bendigo-Murchison Rd is a heavy vehicles route and people unfamiliar with the area could easily miss the fact that there is a school there.

“Traffic drives within a metre of children getting into parked cars before and after school, while at other times teachers need to walk students and kinder kids along the edge of the road.”

Ms Ryan said the school had even resorted to borrowing the recreation reserve’s line-marking equipment to guide students away from the edge of the road.

“All it takes for a disaster to occur is one distracted driver or a kid to make an error of judgement,” Ms Ryan said.

Ms Ryan said VicRoads was aware of the issue but she was concerned it was not being treated with the seriousness required.

“About four months ago a concerned parent contacted VicRoads directly to voice her concerns, and was told this issue would be marked as requiring an urgent fix,” Ms Ryan said.

“I understand a VicRoads representative has inspected and acknowledged the issue but no indication of when the work will take place or what will be done has been communicated.

“Parents just want their kids to come home safely after a great day at school.

“Barriers and flashing speed signs are a cost-effective and simple way to provide parents, staff and the community the peace of mind they are seeking.

“The Andrews Government needs to take this seriously and provide an urgent resolution.”

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