Safer school crossing

By David Rak

A SCHOOL crossing will be installed on the Northern Hwy to give students safe access to Twin Rivers.

After outcry from the community, VicRoads has confirmed they are working with Campaspe Shire and the developer of a nearby housing estate to establish a children’s crossing.

Located away from the Ogilvie Ave roundabout to keep traffic flowing, the new crossing is estimated to be completed by August.

Twin Rivers co-principal Karl Stenning said he was proud of the community for getting behind the need for the crossing.

“It’s been a long time coming. We knew traffic management would be an issue when we first started discussing the new school,” he said.

“Echuca’s roads continue to get busier and a lot of our students have to cross the Northern Hwy.

“It’s a great result that will mean the journey to school is much safer for heaps of students.”

Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said he had been working with the community to secure a safe crossing since the new school opened in February this year.

“In February I wrote to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan raising the urgent need for a supervised school crossing to service the new school, and together with concerned parents we ran a strong media campaign,” he said. “This is a good outcome for the school and is a direct result of community proactive action and lobbying.’’

Mr Walsh said community members contacted him in February and he congratulated them for their proactive action and lobbying and he intends to keep the pressure on the State Government until the crossing becomes a reality.

“The important issue now is that it is built before a tragedy occurs,’’ he said.

Kerry Myers was a parent involved in the media campaign for the crossing and said her children were looking forward to having an easy way to cross the busy road.

“It puts my mind at ease knowing kids won’t have to cross a busy road unsupervised. It means there is much less chance of something horrible happening,” she said.

“I’m very happy with the result and proud the community came together to make it reality.”