Adjournment: Glen Eira Road, Caulfield, pedestrian crossing

Mr SOUTHWICK (Caulfield) (11:23:47) — (13 340) I wish to raise a matter for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and the action I seek is that the minister look at taking urgent action in funding the installation of flashing 40-kilometre speed signs and a pedestrian-activated, pole-mounted traffic light sign outside Shelford Girls Grammar along Glen Eira Road near Hood Crescent. This road safety infrastructure is essential to the current arrangements, which are inadequate for the majority of the school day. Shelford students access the school and surrounding areas at various times during the day, including early in the morning, midday, late afternoon and evening. At all these times not a single active pedestrian crossing is available, forcing students to fend for themselves on a busy and dangerous stretch of road.

Additionally, the absence of a safe crossing point acts as a handbrake on the growing business precinct in the area. We certainly have a retail precinct that is very active there. We have a church that also has a very active community, which helps in a number of regular community events. Potential customers are being driven away due to the lack of safe crossing options. It should not be too much to expect that schools, businesses and residents have access to available road crossing points.

I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Fiona Quinn for her involvement in driving a petition forward in an amazing and strong approach, which is characteristic of the commendable solidarity and active participation of the Shelford Girls Grammar community. The school has just over 500 students and has amassed almost 1000 signatures for this petition. This is an unquestionably strong indication of the severity of this issue to the Shelford community and demonstrates the support these changes have received from local residents in the area.

My hope is that this powerful petition will act as a catalyst for change, not only at Shelford but at several of the dangerous pedestrian crossings that many schools in my electorate have. The state government must take action and respond to the overwhelming demand for safer pedestrian infrastructure at Shelford Girls Grammar and throughout the Caulfield electorate.