Today I speak out in support of parents, students and families at Charles La Trobe College’s Macleod West campus, which is on the border of my Ivanhoe electorate. This great new school is concerned that there is no operational school crossing at the college. Darebin City Council must act immediately to meet its obligation to fund the school crossing in Waiora Road, Macleod West. A tragedy is just waiting to happen because of the lacklustre efforts of Darebin City Council in addressing this matter.
I am advised by the parents at Charles La Trobe College and the school community that Darebin City Council has admitted responsibility and claims not to have the funds to have the school crossing operational immediately. The council should have been planning from the start of the year, when the school opened, to ensure that the school crossing was funded and operational.
With what I am advised is a qualification requirement of 20 students and 100 cars at a school crossing point, we have something like 60 students and 1600 cars on Waiora Road. We will continue to lobby Darebin council to act immediately to stop putting children’s lives at risk and not to leave parents who send their kids to Charles La Trobe College anxious about them getting there safely.
We will also be making sure we continue to lobby VicRoads to install flashing 40-kilometre-per-hour signs on Waiora Road outside the school to ensure that the quality of education provided inside the school is matched by the safety provided to kids trying to get to school.