Get our kids to school safely

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The absence of school crossing ‘lollipop’ guards on the roads around multiple Mentone schools is putting our children at risk and has to be immediately addressed. 

The main crossing over the railway line (due to the Level Crossing Removal works) is the extension of Rogers street and requires children  and their families to cross two directional traffic on Como Pde West and one directional traffic on Como Parade East with NO TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT assistance or supervision. 

Additionally the increased traffic on Warrigal Road (due to the closure of Balcombe Road) is putting pressure on the only manned crossing with an incident this week that almost saw a family hit while crossing a manned pedestrian crossing.

The children and families of Mentone Primary School, St Patrick’s Primary School, Mentone Childcare and Kindergarten, Mentone Pre-School, Mentone Grammar, Mentone Girls Grammar (as well as the senior students of Mentone Grammar, Mentone Girls Grammar, Kilbreda and St Bedes deserve and need our protection. 

Even prior to the level crossing removal project there were many streets around both Mentone Primary School and St Patrick’s Primary School that were dangerous and the situation is getting worse. 

In a week the older primary (Grade 3-6) students will also return to school meaning more children travelling to school. 

These additional children are at an age where they should be able to travel a few streets to school unsupervised by a parent in safety, something that is not worth the risk currently. 

While there are many temporary solutions that need to be found while the level crossing removal work is underway, a permanent “Travel to school safety plan” needs to be put in place to ensure the ongoing safety of our kids. 

We need council to urgently review the current situation and ensure that children - supervised by parents or otherwise - can safely make it to school.