Hartsuyker?s safety plan

By SALLY GORDON

WORK-FOR-THE-DOLE participants could be used to solve a shortage of school pedestrian crossing attendants, according to Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker.

In light of current State Government statistics which reveal that 38 schools across NSW are trying to recruit lollipop men and women, Mr Hartsuyker has proposed that work-for-the-dole recipients be trained as school crossing supervisors.

The Roads and Traffic Authority yesterday said it had advertised to fill positions at three schools between Port Macquarie and Yamba.

"We could solve this crisis by starting a work-for-the-dole project, under which responsible and properly vetted unemployed adults would be given training and then assigned to a school," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"If these vacancies for crossing attendants cannot be filled by the normal means, we need to come up with another way of making sure our children are safe."

Mr Hartsuyker, who is the father of two young boys, said he would be writing to the Minister for Workforce Participation, Dr Sharman Stone, to give details of his proposal.

The Federal MP's work-for-the-dole proposal coincides with a major Iemma Government school road safety package, unveiled recently.

Safety at school zones across NSW will be upgraded using state-of-the-art technology, including electronic school safety alert systems incorporating flashing 40km/h signs and lights, and new education programs.

As part of the initiative, irresponsible motorists who speed through school zones face tougher fines and increased demerit points.

For the first time double parking and stopping in a bus zone will attract two demerit points and an increase in fine from $175 to $225.



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