Slow down around schools

I am pleased that Council has installed mobile radar display signs reminding drivers to slow down around school zones.

Council does not enforce speeding and these signs are not used to fine people, but are in place as a reminder to support safer school zones.

The smiley face signs reinforce to motorist if they are doing the right or wrong thing. The signs have been installed to give motorists a cheeky reminder to slow down and check their speed.

It's important, especially with all the recent wet weather, that everyone takes care on the road. Also when parking in school zones, it's not about getting the closest park, it should be about getting the safest spot. So please take care around school zones.

Council takes road safety seriously, especially around schools. Injuries to motorists and pedestrians are one of the biggest causes of serious injuries and deaths.

We all need to take care on the road and slow down. That's why Council recently installed these safety signs around schools and is looking to buy more to help ensure community awareness.

The signs show your speed and if you are under the speed limit, the sign will greet you with a smiley face. Cars going over the speed limit will have their speed displayed in red.

I am asking residents to please drive safely, be aware of traffic conditions and be aware when you are around schools.

Mayor Frank Carbone with one of the school radar speed warning signs.

Successful Summer Holiday program returns

Education is an important part of making our community thrive and securing our children's future. We all know that having good reading skills is a fundamental skill for life and learning.

My Mayor's Summer Holiday Program has just finished its second year and I am pleased to say the program has been the most successful to date.

This year 684 children signed up to read books, which is 235 more than the previous year.

More than 3,800 books were read during the nine weeks of the program.

Next Wednesday I have the honour of presenting a prize to Harrington Street Public School for winning the “School” category. Well done to the students, teachers and parents at Harrington Street School as it was a great effort.

Encourage your children to read during the summer holidays, it helps them to maintain their literacy skills and the habit of reading.

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