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Lollipop supervisors a sweet boost for bush

Safety for NSW’s youngest road users at 19 regional schools will be boosted with the first round of new crossing supervisors being rolled out by the NSW Government.

A group of students and two adults standing in front of a pedestrian crossing.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole with students and staff at Bathurst Public School.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the introduction of 300 lollipop people across the state had been fast tracked to be delivered in three years rather than four.

“This is great news for the likes of St Johns Primary School in Dubbo, and Goulburn and Nowra Public Schools who will have a lollipop person for the first time ever,” Mr Toole said.

“Under previous requirements, a school crossing had to be used by 300 cars per hour in the morning and afternoon as well as at least 50 students to be eligible for a supervisor.

“We’ve changed the requirements to enable more schools to qualify for a crossing supervisor as they now only need to meet one of the criteria.”

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the Government was committed to improving safety at schools across NSW.

“No matter where you live in NSW, every child should be able to get to and from school safely,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We know how important our lollipop men and women are in making our roads safe.

“School zones are one of the safest areas of the NSW road network, with not a single child pedestrian fatality in an active school zone since 2013.

“I strongly encourage dedicated people interested in serving their community in this important and lifesaving way to keep an eye out for the job ads.”

School crossing supervisors are part of a suite of measures the NSW Government has implemented within NSW school zones to keep kids safe.

There is now at least one set of school zone flashing lights for every school in NSW, with more than 6000 school flashing lights now installed.

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