AS parents breathe a sigh of relief, the area’s children will be returning to school over the next two weeks.
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Some students in Medowie will have an extra treat as they move into the brand-new facilities of Catherine McAuley Catholic College on the busy Medowie Road.
From 3 February, years 7 and 8 students will be starting at the brand new $110 million campus.
This campus will eventually also include years 9 through 12, an early education learning centre, a primary school and a chapel.
Some locals have voiced their concern regarding the traffic that the numerous facilities will generate, especially during the peak pick up and drop off times.
In particular there have been questions raised about the intersection of South Street and Medowie Road.
Currently there are barricades erected around the entrance from South Street to prevent pedestrian access.
According to the State Government’s Green Travel Plan a traffic light is planned to be installed on the intersection, until then students and staff will be shuttled to and from the school.
Even with the challenges that the traffic issues pose there is still a great deal of optimism in the parents and students.
“As a parent of a student starting at CMCC, it is very exciting to be a part of this new community,” said Sarah, whose daughter is joining the year 7 class.
“I think once it is open and people get the hang of it, it will be easier to navigate.”
By Victoria HENDERSON