The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has again pushed for safety upgrades to the Kialla West Primary School crossing, seeking an update on plans for the installation of a pedestrian underpass outside the school.
In a constituency question in State Parliament to the Minister for Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford, Ms Lovell questioned the progression of planning for the construction of the proposed underpass that will protect students needing to cross the Goulburn Valley Highway each day.
Ms Lovell’s question came twelve months to the day since a local mother and her three children were struck by a truck whilst their vehicle sat at the crossing during school pickup time. The youngest child suffered life-threatening injuries and while now on the mend, the aftermath of the collision still impacts on the family and the school community.
On three previous occasions since the accident Ms Lovell has called for additional safety measures to be implemented at the school crossing by Regional Roads Victoria and in response to Ms Lovell’s last enquiry in May Ms Pulford revealed that the State Government was working with Greater Shepparton City Council on planning for the construction of the pedestrian underpass.
In her latest contribution, Ms Lovell also sought from the Minister a timeline for the installation of the underpass to improve safety for the Kialla West Primary School community.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The terrible accident twelve months ago at Kialla West Primary School involving a young local family reinforced to all of us the dangers students, families and teachers face every school day.
“In May the Minister indicated that Regional Roads Victoria were working with Greater Shepparton City Council to develop a long-term proposal for the construction of a pedestrian underpass at the school. Four months later and twelve months since the accident the school community is still waiting for any significant safety improvements.”