Council approves urgent funding for school crossing supervisor

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

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 increasing.

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 the state.

Councillor Ron Nelson - Kardinia ward

The 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 council.

Due to the current state funding model, council will seek funding from the Victorian Government once we carry out traffic volume counts.

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