Minister for Roads to look into Dapto school zone flashing sign fiasco


The State Government will look into the placement of a school zone flashing light behind a tree at Lakelands Public School, the Minister for Roads and Freight, Duncan Gay, has told State Parliament.

On Friday, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, revealed that a school zone flashing sign had been erected behind a tree on the western approach to Lakelands Public School along Lakelands Drive.

Ms Watson asked her Legislative Council Parliamentary colleague, Mr Greg Donnelly, to raise the issue with the Minister during Question Time in the Legislative Council yesterday.

Ms Watson also placed a series of questions on notice to the Minister on the Legislative Assembly Questions and Answers Paper.

“I am pleased that the Minister has told the Legislative Council he will have his Department look into this fiasco.

“It’s simply unbelievable that a set of school zone flashing lights could be installed behind a tree, compromising the sight of the lights by motorists.

“These flashing lights are meant to ensure the safety of school children using pedestrian access to Lakelands Public School.

“Motorists need to take care around school zones and heed warnings they are entering a schools zone and slow down.

“That safety message is clearly compromised when flashing lights are installed behind a tree”, she said.

15 October 2014