Council has supported a
matter for Urgent Business raised by Councillor Ron Nelson during Tuesday’s
council meeting, regarding the safety of more than 140 students at a new
Armstrong Creek school next year.
Council has agreed to fund from
the 2019-2020 Budget a crossing supervisor for St Catherine of Siena Catholic
Primary School on 125 Warralily Boulevard, starting on the first day of the
2020 school year.
The cost of school crossing
supervisors can be partly funded by the state government, which requires pedestrian
and vehicle counts to be carried out after the school is opened to verify if it
complies with state funding criteria.
However the state funding
model doesn’t allow for an interim crossing guard while numbers are assessed.
The new school is on one of
the main connector roads in Armstrong Creek, where traffic volumes are
As a result of the decision,
council will fully fund the crossing supervisor until the City’s application
for a funding contribution from the state can be submitted and assessed.
The City has already
committed to installing school crossing infrastructure at the school and applying
for a funding contribution from Regional Roads Victoria for the supervisor.
The City takes the safety of
school children, their families and the school’s staff seriously.
In anticipation of the school
opening, the City applied to lower the 50 kilometres per hour speed limit to 40 kilometres per hour with
VicRoads in September 2019.
Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor
We rely on state government
funding assistance to provide crossing supervisors across the region, but given
the importance of children’s safety the council had no hesitation in fully
funding a supervisor at this new school out of our own budget from the time it opens.
Once we can gather the necessary data, we’ll submit a funding application to
Councillor Ron Nelson - Kardinia ward
decision to fully fund a crossing supervisor at this new school shows we are
listening to the Armstrong Creek community and acting very quickly to get this
up and running from day one. The safety of the community is paramount for
Due to the
current state funding model, council will seek funding from the Victorian
Government once we carry out traffic volume counts.