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Practice makes parking progress at local school

Published on Friday 10 May, 2019

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The journey to and from school is safer for students at Caladenia Primary School in Canning Vale, thanks to recent changes to parking and traffic management in the school zone.

The City of Gosnells is running an ongoing Safer School Parking campaign, to remind schools, drivers and pedestrians of the importance of safe parking and traffic management in school zones.

With nearly 900 students on a smaller-than-usual site, Principal Ted Nastasi could see potential for serious accidents.

“With cars parking on lawn areas, in residents’ driveways and other illegal locations such as street corners, footpaths and traffic islands, students walking or riding to and from school were in danger of injury in a chaotic street scene,” he said.

“We also had no safe place for children and parents to cross a major road, Boardman Road.”

Together with members of the school P&C, Mr Nastasi attended the Mayoral Safer School Parking Forum held by the City of Gosnells last year, which sparked some new ideas to manage the changing nature of parking and traffic around their school.

“After the Forum, we discussed ideas at school together and decided to conduct a survey of our street for a Traffic Crosswalk Warden, as well as placing Kiss and Drive parking bays around the school and increasing internal parking for parents,” Mr Nastasi said.

“Additionally, we discussed parking education programs for parents over a series of months and years.”

Other changes implemented by the school included placing P&C and school employees on duty in key locations around the school to direct traffic, regular newsletter reminders for parents, requesting parents drive around the school in an anticlockwise direction to ensure students can exit their cars on the ‘school side’ of the road, and encouraging families to walk to school as often as possible.

Mr Nastasi said persistence, frequent reminders and ongoing reviews would be key to long-term parking improvements

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said the school was a great example of what could be achieved with a little extra planning and effort.

“Parking and traffic management is a significant issue at many of our schools in the City of Gosnells, but for the situation to improve, schools, drivers, pedestrians and the City must work side-by-side,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“Our Rangers consistently monitor parking across the City, but issuing fines alone won’t solve the problem, and our Rangers can’t be everywhere at once.

“Simple changes, like those implemented at Caladenia Primary School, could be the difference in saving a child from a serious accident.”

For more information about school parking in the City of Gosnells, visit the link below.