As thousands of kids go back to school today, the Andrews Labor Government is investing in safer school crossings for school communities across the state.
The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will include $23.9 million to improve road safety around our schools, while also providing a massive boost to Victoria’s School Crossing Supervisor Program.
Skye Primary School in Carrum will be one of the first to benefit from the $5 million package of safety upgrades, which will include crossing improvements and electronic variable speed limit signs on high risk roads.
Another four projects have been announced, with Bass Valley Primary School, Kallista Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School in Lancefield and Christ Our Holy Redeemer Primary School in Oakleigh all set to benefit, with dozens more school safety announcements to follow over the coming weeks.
The Labor Government has also announced $18.9 million to continue the popular School Crossing Supervisor Program, which has been keeping our kids safe for more than 40 years.
There are more than 3000 crossing supervisors across the state – the highest number of any state or territory in Australia – with Victoria the only state with supervised crossings outside secondary schools.
A recent review by Transport for Victoria found supervised school crossings were an effective and cost-efficient way to improve safety around our schools.
Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“Like many other parents, I feel better sending my kids off to school knowing there is a crossing supervisor looking out for them – rain, hail or shine. That’s why investments like these are so important.”
“These are small improvements, but they will make a big difference for our school communities.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“School crossings and speed zones make a massive difference – that’s why we’re investing in this program to make sure that every child, parent and teacher is safe when travelling to and from school.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan
“Victoria leads the nation in road safety, and the School Crossings Supervisor Program is an important part of keeping people safe on our roads.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny
“Skye Primary has told us they need a safer school crossing and we’ve listened, investing in the pedestrian lights this school community needs.”