Scot MacDonald
15th May 2017

The safety of students and their families around Hunter schools will be given a welcome boost with the installation of extra school zone flashing lights, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC announced.

The new lights will be installed at Hunter River Community School in Maitland and Belmont Public School in Swansea as part of a statewide roll out of extra flashing lights at 104 schools zones.

In August last year the NSW Government announced a $5 million program to install extra flashing lights at 400 NSW schools.

The program which will be completed in July, is running on time and under budget allowing for the installation of the extra lights at the extra school zones.

Mr MacDonald said the program is part of the government’s $10 million boost to school zone safety which includes $5 million for the additional lights, and $5 million for pedestrian safety infrastructure like raised zebra crossings around schools.

“This is a big win for Hunter schools. There’s nothing more important than making sure our kids are safe, especially when they are making their way to and from school,” Mr MacDonald said.

“These new lights will help us achieve this by reminding drivers to slow down and be mindful there are children around.

“Children are some of our most vulnerable road users. That’s why we’re doing everything possible to keep them safe on our roads and near our schools.”

In 2013 the NSW Government announced the expansion of the school zone flashing lights program to ensure every school in NSW had at least one a set of flashing lights.

The program has now been completed with more than 1700 schools across the state receiving a set of flashing lights by the end of 2015.

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