PARKING WOES AND SAFETY CONCERNS WORSEN AT WANDIN NORTH PRIMARY AS BUREAUCRACIES DODGE OWNERSHIP

30 June 2016

PARKING WOES AND SAFETY CONCERNS WORSEN AT WANDIN NORTH PRIMARY AS BUREAUCRACIES DODGE OWNERSHIP

State Member for Evelyn Christine Fyffe along with Shadow Minister for Roads Ryan Smith have called for a long overdue resolution to parking problems at Wandin North Primary, which date back as far back as 1971.

Mrs Fyffe said that successive Principals at Wandin North Primary have been bouncing between council and various state government departments trying to work through the appropriate channels to make simple parking improvements without success.

“I think the Wandin North Primary school community has been exceedingly patient. Now it is time for action. Entire generations of students have come and gone without this issue being fixed,” Mrs Fyffe said.

“Wandin North Primary’s population has grown substantially over the five years. With 250 students, and 169 families, there is an urgent need for parking during school drop off and pick up times,” Mrs Fyffe said.

Wandin North Primary is asking for:
o Asphalted and lined parking along the front service road on the Warburton Highway to maximise the number of cars that can fit in the area and;
o Improvements to a second area of parking with the installation of parking bollards to designate parking areas.

It is alleged that the service road in front of Wandin North Primary was once part of the Warburton Highway which is most likely the reason for the confusion. However, it is believed that the land at the side of the school is crown land owned by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Shadow Minister for Roads Ryan Smith said that this is bureaucracy gone mad.

“For no department to be able to determine who owns the land in front of Wandin North Primary so that a simple parking issue is unresolved for 45 years is not good enough,” Mr Smith said.

“Yarra Ranges Council, VicRoads, the Department of Education and DELWP need to meet on site with the Principal of Wandin North Primary and sort this mess out once and for all.

“I understand that the land adjacent to Wandin North Primary has already been assessed by DELWP as having no significant flora or fauna, so it would make sense for Wandin North Primary to lease this land,” Mr Smith said.

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