Page 3254 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 22 August 2012

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Again I thank members for their contributions. It is good that we have unanimous support of a sort on this today. I hope we can see this proposal up and running very soon in the ACT. Again, I point out the issue about showers. The Early Morning Centre, which is involved in this, have showers, as Ms Burch has referred to, and breakfast is provided there. So there is a way that this can work with the services that are already provided. It can be successful and we can have something like this in the ACT, which we do not now.

Motion agreed to.

Roads—school zones

MR COE (Ginninderra) (8.20): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that the:

(a) Australian Road Research Board found that flashing lights in school zones were effective in reducing vehicle speed outside schools during the operation of the 40 km/h school speed zone;

(b) NRMA stated that a motorist’s awareness of school zones and ability to comply with the speed limit had been significantly improved where flashing lights have been installed, with positive implications for road safety;

(c) NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People believes that every school in NSW should have a flashing light warning system in place so that all children enjoy the same level of protection; and

(d) Federation of Parents and Citizens’ Associations of NSW said flashing lights remind drivers of the presence of a school in the area and therefore the presence of students as pedestrians; and

(2) endorses the Canberra Liberals’ policy to deliver flashing lights for every school zone in the ACT.

The safety and security of citizens is an important responsibility of a community, and we as representatives in the ACT Legislative Assembly have a duty to take all reasonable steps to play our role in safety initiatives. It is for this reason that in May Zed Seselja and I announced that a Canberra Liberals government would deliver flashing lights for every school zone in the ACT. We believe such infrastructure is an important additional way to remind motorists to treat school zones with caution and care for students, teachers, parents and friends. Our $6.8 million commitment will ensure that every school in Canberra receives flashing lights within the first term of a Canberra Liberals government.

My office received many positive responses to our policy, including the following couple from school principals in Ginninderra:

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