Tyabb Primary School Parking

Mr Burgess: My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education, and the action I seek is for the minister again to provide an urgent solution to the car parking and traffic chaos at Tyabb Primary School in my electorate. I have been approached by many constituents and parents over several years about parking and other general traffic issues at the Tyabb Primary School, and over that period I have been working with the Tyabb school, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and VicRoads to improve parking and traffic conditions at the school, particularly on busy Mornington-Tyabb Road. In the end, though, it comes down to how important the safety of Tyabb Primary School parents and students is to the Andrews government.

The school is landlocked and has no room on site for vehicles to wait for or drop off kids. Both students and families are forced to wait in cars on the verge of the road, of busy Mornington-Tyabb Road, close to an intersection with busy Jones Road, while large trucks pass in both directions at speed. The large, fast-moving trucks are forced to drop one set of wheels off the bitumen surface to pass waiting parents’ cars. Mornington-Tyabb Road has just one lane in either direction and is a feeder for the Peninsula Link freeway. The road carries a high volume of traffic, including cars, tankers and B-doubles, passing just feet away from the parents’ waiting cars.

The twice-daily challenge of trying to park is well known to the Tyabb Primary School community, and Tyabb Primary School parents and teachers have become increasingly concerned about the significant dangers posed by the lack of a car park. Tyabb Primary School is a great school with a reputation that attracts families from near and far. The popularity of the school, combined with its location outside the township area, makes it difficult for students to walk or ride to school, heightening the need for parking at pick-up and drop-off time.

While in government I secured $45 000 for the school to plan a parking solution. Unfortunately there has been no support at all forthcoming from the Andrews government. The school and the community have been fighting for a solution to this very dangerous situation for many years. Families should not be forced to wait in their cars on a busy and dangerous and narrow road when dropping off and picking up kids from school. If this situation is left as it is, it is just a matter of time before there is a serious accident. All school communities should be able to enter and access school grounds safely. I have continued to raise this life-threatening situation in Parliament to the ministers for education; however, there has been no help forthcoming. We need to provide the students, families and teaching staff at Tyabb Primary School with a safe way to come in and out of the school, and I seek the minister’s urgent assistance with this important safety matter.