Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced that Junee Public School will soon see a new school crossing supervisor.

The school is one of 19 regional schools receiving the roads safety boost which, Ms Cooke said, is an important win for Junee.

“Lollipop men and women are so important in helping keep our youngest road users safe,” Ms Cooke said.

“Lorne Street can get very busy when students are arriving at school so it’s important that road safety is front and centre during the busy morning and afternoon period.

“Having the new school crossing supervisor there will give parents and students a great deal of reassurance when it comes to getting to school.

“And lollipop women and men often became part of the fabric of the school community, giving students, mums and dads a cheery wave as they cross the road in safety.”

Ms Cooke highlighted how successful the NSW Government’s strategy on school zone safety has been.

“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,” Ms Cooke said.

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

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government would roll out 300 lollipop people across the state.

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

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.

More information can be found from Friday, September 6 at https://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/.