With the Yarrawonga College P-12 undergoing an extensive upgrade with all three campuses now located along both sides of Gilmore Street, car parking for the school has been upgraded.
With the resulting increase in the student population and to ensure the continued safety of students, parents, guardians and other road users the car parking, bus zones and drop off and pick up points have been redesigned.
The redesign work took place over the Christmas-New Year holidays whilst the students were away and was completed last week before school returned.
The new design will now see the provision of a dedicated bus zone able to safely manage the ten buses that currently transport students to and from school; 47 dedicated parking spaces for parents and visitors to the school along Gilmore Street; separate pick up and drop off points for parents and students; pedestrian access for those walking and or cycling to the college as well as parking for staff and parents visiting the school.
Additionally, the redesign also allows safe traffic flow in and around the precinct; a permanent 40km/h zone extended to the cemetery; showgrounds entry point altered to facilitate improved traffic flow; increased signage to manage directional flow of traffic on and off Gilmore Street including the enforcement of double lines and U-turns not to be permitted in the 40km/h zone.
Yarrawonga College P-12 Principal Damien Keel said the redesign had been a much-needed venture to ensure the safety of students, staff and parents as well as the wider community.
“Younger student’s parents often like to come into the college to drop their children off and to form important relationships with their child’s classroom teacher, so this is helping to ensure they are able to do that safely and efficiently,” Mr Keel said.
“We also have a number of parents who volunteer as reading helpers and other roles within the classroom and they desperately require safe off-road parking spaces.”
Mr Keel said with the help of the Moira Shire Council the college was able to work with the community to create a better alternative for everybody.
“Moira Shire also re-developed the drop off-pick up point in the Showgrounds and communicated a clear plan with both school traffic and school bus directional flow, which was previously very concerning around student safety,” Mr Keel said.
“We now have a very workable plan for our families that is a lot safer than what we previously had for the college.”
School starts back this week with students packing their bags for their return on Tuesday, January 30.