‘Crossing necessary’

ARRAN MORTONSound Telegraph

Baldivis Secondary College principal Keith Svendsen has renewed his appeal for a manned crosswalk for the school, more than a year after an application was first lodged with authorities.

Mr Svendsen said he was worried for the safety of the school’s 500 students, aged between 12 and 14, because many of them regularly walked or rode to and from the Stillwater Drive school via busy Baldivis Road.

He said he was frustrated an application through the Children’s Crossing and Road Safety Committee — an Education Department, Police and Main Roads WA joint effort — had taken more than a year to come to fruition.

“We submitted an application for a manned crossing at the corner of Baldivis Road and Clyde Avenue in February last year — but it has been quite a long and complicated process,” Mr Svendsen said.

“It was agreed in June last year that there was a need for the crossing, after our survey found there were about 60 heavy vehicles and more than 600 through traffic using Baldivis Road in the hour before school starts.

“The hour after school was much the same.”

College parent Catherine White said she worried Baldivis Road was “an accident waiting to happen” and appealed to authorities to quicken the process.

Mr Svendsen said a meeting with City of Rockingham and Children’s Crossing and Road Safety Committee voting members in August last year seemed promising, but staff, parents and students were still waiting for results.

He said he hoped the crossing would eventuate by National Walk to School Day, on May 23.

A police spokesman said the application from Baldivis College was approved on July 2, last year, and installation of crossings was the responsibility of the City and Main Roads WA.

Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the City expected a crossing to be installed at Baldivis Road by June 30, which will service the College and nearby Makybe Rise Primary School.

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