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Addressing road safety at Lauderdale Primary

LAUDERDALE Primary School parents have met with local, federal and state politicians to outline safety concerns with road traffic along South Arm Highway between Lauderdale Primary School and the Foreshore Shopping Village.

The meeting was organised by Keven Todeschini and the Lauderdale Parents and Friends Association, who told the gathering they had “serious concerns” that the footpath was inadequate and that traffic travelling at 70km/h was a major worry for the large number of students who use the walkway of a morning and afternoon.

They believe the threat of serious injury or death to a child is “not insignificant.”

With 715 students, Lauderdale Primary School is the largest primary school in the state.

State Liberal MP John Tucker, who was representing the Minister for Education and Infrastructure, Jeremy Rockliff, told the meeting that the Government had listened to the concerns of parents and residents and had decided to act.

Minister Rockliff has written to the Transport Commissioner recommending:

A reduction in the existing 80km/h and 70 km/h speed limits on South Arm Highway from the Oakdowns roundabout to the end of the 70km/h speed zone on the southern side of Lauderdale, to 60km/h.

The installation of electronic Variable Speed Limit signs denoting 40km/h during the standard school pick up and drop off times, on the approximately 600m section of South Arm Highway from just north of Acton Road, to Ringwood Road.

In respect of the footpath itself, Minister Rockliff has asked the Department of State Growth to work with Clarence City Council and TasNetworks to look at options for a realignment of the footpath to a greater distance from the South Arm Highway.

Mr Tucker thanked Mr Todeschini, Ms Claire L’Anson and other members of the Lauderdale Primary School community for bringing their concerns to the Government’s attention.

Caption: From left, Liberal Senate candidate Claire Chandler, Liberal for Franklin Dean Young, John Tucker MP, Alderman Brendan Blomeley, Senator Eric Abetz, Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman and Alderman Wendy Kennedy.