LOCAL CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM SAFETY ADDITIONS AROUND SCHOOLS

Schools across the Hawkesbury have benefited from a $10 million NSW Government program which improves road safety zones.

The program included upgrades to pedestrian infrastructure at 140 schools as well as the addition of extra school zone flashing lights to more than 500 schools around the state.

Key Points

• Bede Polding College, Chisholm Catholic Primary School, Ebenezer Public School, Grose View Public School, Kurmond Public School. Maroota Public School and Richmond High School have all benefited from raised crossings and kerb and footpath works.

• The $5 million pedestrian safety infrastructure program provided grants of up to $50,000 to local councils to upgrade or install additional safety infrastructure on local roads around schools.

• $5 million was invested in additional school zone flashing lights at 504 school zones around the state.

Member for Hawkesbury Dominic Perrottet said keeping children safe in school zones was a responsibility for the entire community.

“We can all play our part in keeping our kids safe by sticking to school zone speed limits and constantly keeping an eye out for children who might run out onto the road unexpectedly”, said Mr Perrottet

“Roads and children can be a dangerous mix, which is why we are investing in making school zones as safe as possible to reduce the risk of tragedy,” Mr Perrottet said.

“School children are some of the most vulnerable people using the road, which is why we have programs such as school zone flashing lights, pedestrian crossings and fencing to keep children safe going to and from school.