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Volume 16 No. 37
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
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Imminent traffic threat
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Burgmann Anglican School principal Steven Bowers is very concerned about the safety of students being picked up at school due to traffic and the
closure of an adjacent carpark due to development.
Picture: Elesa Lee
CHILDREN attending the Valley cam-
pus of the Burgmann Anglican School
in Gungahlin are seriously at risk of
being hit by a car, says the school's
Steven Bowers has called for some-
thing to be done to improve the safety
of students being dropped off and
picked up before and after school.
He hopes for more awareness to be
created about the problem and for the
community to pull together to help find
The principal attended last week's
Gungahlin Community Council meet-
ing to express his concern over the
issue and to rally the support of the
The council agreed to invite interes-
ted parties to a future meeting to
further discuss the problem.
While the school has a long history
of traffic problems due to its location
on the corner of The Valley Avenue
and Gungahlin Drive, Mr Bowers says
the closing of a nearby car park poses
an imminent threat.
The 50-space car park across the
road is soon to be closed due to
construction of the wetlands.
Mr Bowers said the school com-
munity had always been extremely
supportive of the wetlands project but
was worried about what the removal of
the car park would do to the traffic
"That poses an imminent problem
for our parents because they're already
parking on the curb and it will get
worse," Mr Bowers said.
"I am really worried there will be an
accident very soon."
The insufficient parking inside the
school and lack of suitable drop off/
pick up places already causes chaos at
the school each day. The principal said
the situation has been "so diabolical"
earlier this year he had engaged stop
and go men to control the traffic.
Burgmann opened the Valley cam-
pus in 1999 with just 24 students.
This has now grown to 1000
students with a further 500 studying at
the Forde campus.
Mr Bowers says despite the increase
in student numbers it is really the
growth of Gungahlin that is heighten-
ing the problem with so many more
cars travelling on the roads.
He said the school community was
very thankful for the help the ACT
Government had provided over the
years with an alternative access road
built and traffic lights installed.
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