THE speed limit outside two Bass Valley schools will be dropped to 40km/h during peak times, following a community-led campaign to improve road safety.
By his own admission, Premier Daniel Andrews said on Monday it was just “common sense”.
“There will be no more near misses,” Mr Andrews said, in announcing the drop from 60km/h to 40km/h during morning and afternoon drop-offs and pick-ups.
The announcement of $80,000 to install new electronic speed limit signs on Corinella Road was a surprise to school staff and students.
Bass Valley Primary School Leanne Edwards only received a phone call on Friday that the Premier would be coming down for the first day back at school. The Premier said Bass Valley Primary School is a “fantastic” school and the grant would improve safety for kids, families and staff.
“This is common sense investment that will keep kids safe and it’s exactly what the school was after,” he said.
The $80,000 is part of the State Government’s $23.9 million package to improve road safety around schools.
“Bass Valley is one of many, many schools that are benefiting from this $23.9 million. It’s not so much a cost, but an investment in safer outcomes and making sure we get our kids to school as safely as possible.”
He said the opening of the children’s centre has added more cars and kids to the area.
“Being on such a busy road, there’s lot of trucks, there are all sorts of other risks; we need to slow that traffic down.
“Every child, parent and teacher should feel safe coming to and from school – that’s why investments like these are so important.
“These are small improvements, but they will make a big difference for our school communities.”
Mr Andrews credited Labor candidate for Bass Jordan Crugnale for ensuring he was aware of the speed issue. She said it was a great outcome for the school.
“This is about protecting our kids, and making sure that requests for change coming from our local community are listened to and taken seriously,” Ms Crugnale said.
“Principals like Leanne and our school councils are on the ground, connected in to the school community and know what is best for their students.
“It’s my job to listen, do my utmost to assist, bring about change and be that conduit to decision makers where necessary. Here they are and what a wonderful result.”
Ms Crugnale hinted there’s a list of projects she’s keen to get funded, but the community will have to wait and see to find out, she said.
A meeting was held on Monday afternoon with the two schools, VicRoads and others to discuss implementing the reduced speed limit.
We’re slowing them down