Page 717 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 28 March 2023
Harrison School and the broader education precinct have a real traffic issue and pedestrian safety issues. I have met with the P&C and I have met with staff at Harrison School over several years and I have made representations on their behalf.
They see that government has taken this issue seriously. Expert consultants have been engaged previously and their recommendations implemented. However, the issue still persists, and that is why I support this petition calling for a renewed focus on addressing these issues.
For the benefit of this chamber, I would just like to put on the record the requested actions of the petitioners. They request that the Assembly fund an independent study of Harrison education precinct and implement any recommendations as a result of this report in the 2023-24 budget; fund works at the bus stop on Nullarbor Avenue, outside Harrison School senior entry, such as a recess bus bay and wombat crossing to ensure the safety of students who use the bus stop; and fund works around the Wimmera Street and Nullarbor Avenue roundabout down to Flemington Road to increase pedestrian and cyclist safety.
Of concern are the traffic islands and ramps, queueing cars and crossing kids, and the access desire lines between the light rail stop and the senior school entrance. They suggest barriers to stop pedestrians crossing at locations other than the designated crossings.
They would also like to see a review of and necessary changes made to Katoomba Street to increase the visibility and presence of the crossing, improving pedestrian, cyclist and motorist safety. They would also like to see a review and any necessary changes to the section of Mapleton Avenue and the section of Sapling Street down to the intersection with Flemington Road to improve pedestrian, cyclist and motorist safety, as well as a review of the speed limits in the side streets adjacent to the schools and childcare centre.
Once again, I would like to thank the petitioners for this petition. It is a worthy one, and I will continue my advocacy on this issue.
MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (11.23): I would just like to thank Mr Pettersson and everyone at the Harrison Parents and Community Organisation for their support on the petition. It is very closely aligned with the petition I tabled last week regarding Nullarbor Avenue. I will be looking with great interest at what we can do to improve the safety of all pedestrians of the areas—school children, parents and users of the area—in order to enable them to walk and ride their way to school safely. Thank you.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Sport and recreation—dryland ovals—update
MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (11.24): I rise today to