Member for Macquarie Fields Anoulack Chanthivong MP and the Bardia Public School community have welcomed a long-awaited set of traffic lights to help improve road and pedestrian safety.
The lights, at the intersection of Arthur Allen Drive and MacDonald Road, were fully operational for the first time this week after a long and hard-fought community campaign. Mr Chanthivong was delighted to join parents, carers and students at the school on Wednesday afternoon to cross at the new lights.
Mr Chanthivong thanked the Bardia Public School P&C and wider school community for its efforts in campaigning for the much-needed lights to improve safety.
“I was delighted after many years and a hard-fought community campaign to finally join parents, students and families in walking across the road at the new set of traffic lights at Bardia Public School,”
Mr Chanthivong said.
“Since 2019, I’ve been visiting Bardia Public School and calling on the Liberal Government to fast-track the traffic lights to avert potential tragedy.
“This fantastic outcome marks the culmination of consistent hard work, advocacy and determination by all of those involved in this community campaign. I would like to thank the Bardia Public School community, particularly the Bardia Public School P&C, for their ongoing efforts to improve safety around the school.
“Growing communities such as Bardia deserve their fair share,” Mr Chanthivong said.
Community concerns regarding road and pedestrian safety around Bardia Public School have been ongoing since the redeveloped school opened in 2019. In a few short years, the school’s population tripled – from around 300 students to more than 1000 students.
“Within minutes of the traffic lights turning on, families and students were excited to cross at the lights. This important development signals a green light for safety and a win for the Bardia community.
“Families are overjoyed to know their children can finally cross safely at the lights, and everyone has access to this long-awaited piece of infrastructure that they rightly deserve.
“I’m proud to have campaigned with the Bardia Public School P&C and wider school community to deliver the traffic lights and make community safety a priority,” Mr Chanthivong said.