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Safety survey puts local school kids front and centre

A survey was launched today that puts the safety of local school kids front and centre.

The School Safety Survey was launched at Bardia Public School by Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong and his Labor colleague, Jo Haylen, who is the opposition spokesperson on Active Transport.

The survey is open to parents, carers, teachers and local residents and invites them to report concerns about safety for families that walk or ride to school.

Survey responses will help find ways to improve safety, encourage more families to walk and ride and pressure the State Government and local councils to make the changes our community needs.

 “The survey is an opportunity to voice concerns about road safety in and around our local schools and look at ways to encourage more children to walk or cycle to school,’’ Mr Chanthivong said.

“Whether it is better transport connections, more signage, greater traffic management or improved road conditions – we want to hear from you.

“Walking or riding to school has wide ranging health benefits for children and helps to reduce congestion on our roads, which are already under enormous strain.

Safety for our kids: Anoulack Chanthivong and Jo Haylen (front) with parents, grandparents and children of Bardia Public School.

“I continue to listen to the concerns expressed by parents, grandparents and carers at Bardia Public School regarding the ongoing traffic chaos and encourage the school community to support my survey to help improve safety for all road users.”

Mr Chanthivong has made repeated calls to the Liberal Government to fast track the installation of traffic lights at Bardia Public School, at the intersection of Arthur Allen Drive and new MacDonald Road.

Currently, traffic lights are scheduled for 2026.

The NSW Department of Education’s School Infrastructure NSW has commissioned a traffic management plan to provide justification for the installation of traffic lights at the intersection be brought forward.

“But how long will this plan take and how soon will the traffic lights be installed? I truly hope it does not take a tragedy to prompt this Liberal Government into action,”the local MP said.

Jo Haylen said it won’t come as a surprise to most parents or carers that “of the million or so school students that travel to and from school each day, only 30 percent% will get there by walking or riding, compared to 75 percent forty years ago.

“This survey will help make it clear where improvements can be made and where we can get our kids and local communities moving again.”

The School Safety Survey can be completed online at www.nswschoolsafety.com/macquariefields

Anyone unable to complete the survey online can contact the office of Anoulack Chanthivong on 9618 2077 for assistance.

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