Seatbelts for Myall Coast bus students

Kate Washington (centre) with Deputy Principal of Medowie Christian School Mrs Tracey Deal and Medowie Christian School Principal Mr Simon Herd.
Kate Washington (centre) with Deputy Principal of Medowie Christian School Mrs Tracey Deal and Medowie Christian School Principal Mr Simon Herd.

PARENTS of Myall Coast students travelling by bus to Medowie Christian School this year can be assured of a much safer journey for their children.

Kate Washington, Shadow Minister for the Hunter, spoke with News Of The Area this week, and shared that a bus fitted with seatbelts has been rolled out for the children of our area to travel to Medowie Christian School in 2017.

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After a series of fatal bus crashes, the Government announced in 2013 it would spend $208 million to install seat belts in around 1,700 buses dedicated to school runs in rural and regional areas over ten years.

Kate Washington has campaigned the issue of seat belts on school buses long before she entered parliament, and challenged the government that their roll out of these seatbelt upgraded buses and spending of the allocated budget was far too slow when the safety of our children was at stake.

“The fact that the Government is moving glacially on this issue when children’s lives are at risk just beggars belief,” Kate Washington said.

Mr Simon Herd, Principal of Medowie Christian School, has fought alongside Kate Washington for this important safety measure.

“A simple physics lesson will tell you that in the event of an emergency stop, those children who are unbelted or standing with backpacks on a bus travelling at highway speeds are going to continue travelling at the speed of the bus, until they hit something hard that stops them,” Simon Herd said.

Kate Washington welcomed the news that a bus with seatbelts has finally been approved for the children travelling down the Pacific Highway to Medowie Christian School at speeds of up to 110 kilometres an hour.

“This is fantastic news for these children and their families.”

“Parents can feel much more confident that their children are so much safer travelling to school.”

Kate Washington assures News Of The Area that she will continue the fight for this important safety issue, and hopes to one day be able to deliver the same news of safer buses to parents of children in all schools in her constituency.

By Rachael VAUGHAN

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