THE safety of Wirreanda Public School students has been improved significantly with the installation of a new pedestrian crossing at the Ferodale Road entrance to the school, and the upgrade of a side street adjacent that has caused traffic woes for countless years.
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The upgrade to the school’s entrance was made possible by the RMS Safe Around Schools program, and is a welcomed addition to Medowie.
Medowie Public School last year also received a new pedestrian crossing, so both schools can now be confident in the increased safety of their students, instead of their previous school hours only designated crossing.
Both schools now have a permanent pedestrian crossing that is safe for anyone to cross at any hour of the day.
Deputy Mayor Chris Doohan met with News Of The Area at Wirreanda Public School to view the new crossing and upgraded side street.
He said, “Today we celebrate the safety of our town’s children, and little old Medowie getting some much needed funds to address an important issue.”
“I’m thankful to the RMS for getting involved and being such an important part of this.”
“Yes, there’s so many other things that need work completed on them, but this is a fantastic start and we have to focus on the great fact that things are happening,” he added.
The new cul de sac replacing the side access street is now a no stopping zone, clearly marked with signs, and orange lines on the road, which means you are not permitted to stop or idle at any point.
People parking within this area can be fined up to $425.
There are other areas on Ferodale and Brocklesby Road to look out for if you need to pull over briefly to let children out of the car safely.
These signs are parked as ‘No Parking’ signs, but allow drivers to stop for no more than two minutes, as long as they remain within three metres of the vehicle.
Parents dropping children off at Wirreanda Public School are urged to familiarise themselves with the road signs around the new road adjacent to the school to ensure they are not breaking any rules.
Port Stephens Police have been out in force, ensuring drivers are sticking to the new road signs.
By Rachael VAUGHAN