PRINCIPAL of Fish Creek Primary School, Dale Brooks, said they are all very excited about the crossing finally happening.
“There is a bit of disruption but that’s a small price to pay for the safety of our children,” he said.
The crossing has been a long time in the making with Dale noting that in the ‘40 Years Ago’ section in The Mirror recently there was mention of the need for a school crossing all those decades ago.
Geoff Davis, the Asset Planning Manager, at South Gippsland Shire Council said that it was something that was long overdue.
“Three or four years ago we surveyed all the schools and asked questions about safety concerns. Fish Creek Primary School pushed very hard for a school crossing,” he said.
“We all sat down together and did studies and surveys and developed a plan.
There was dollar for dollar funding available through TAC and once Council was on board, to the tune of $60,000, the application was submitted and it got up first go.
“Generally you get it on the second go but TAC liked the submission,” Geoff explained.
“We then sat down and went through the process of detailing all the bits and pieces that were required.”
Project Manager, Jareth Goss, from the Contractors ADA Construction Services said that they are making good progress.
“We encountered a bit of rock but that’s to be expected. We will be drilling holes for the retaining wall then doing kerb and footpath work this week. We are slowly putting all the pieces of the puzzle together,” he said.
“If the weather treats us kindly we will be done by the end of November or maybe even a bit sooner.”
The Mobile Library, which has been parked outside the school every Friday will be parked outside the house next door to the school once the works are completed.
A footpath will be constructed to provide access to library users.