You'll Stop Traffic!! Crossing Upgrade at JCCA

Donna Buckley

This National Road Safety Week (NRSW) we acknowledged and extended our gratitude to everyone that has made the development of our new pedestrian crossing near the main entrance on Ellen Street possible.

It takes a village to raise a child, which is certainly true of this project. The crossing was installed by the City of Fremantle using funding provided by the state government.

Fremantle Mayor Hannah Fitzhardinge (left) tests out the new crossing with John Curtin College of the Arts students Arya Palande and Hannah Chambers, Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk and Deputy Principal Judy Hendrikse.

The safety of students using the Ellen Street entrance was first raised by former Deputy Principal Kevin Griffiths, who grew increasingly concerned about the Ellen Street crossing during his daily expedition to monitor the mass exodus from the College grounds as a part of his role. Mr Griffiths retired at the end of 2021 and we are so grateful for all of his work and the genuine care he consistently exhibited throughout his tenure at the College.

As student well being is one of our core values at JCCA and due to the broad range of suburbs our students call home, Deputy Principal of Arts and Innovation, Judy Hendrikse, said the school was becoming increasing concerned about the safety of our students crossing the road.

"Our students travel from throughout the metropolitan area, from Yanchep in the north to Mandurah in the south," Ms Hendrikse said. "It is very pleasing that the government and the City of Fremantle are taking steps in regards to road safety for our students."

Fremantle Mayor Hannah Fitzhardinge said the City was delighted to help in making the trip to school safer. "We greatly appreciate the support from the state government and our local member Simone McGurk to install this new crossing for John Curtin College".

Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk said it was fantastic to see the much needed crossing delivered. "The previous Principal of John Curtin College of the Arts, Mitch Mackay, raised pedestrian concerns with me, so I was happy to support the Ellen Street crossing as one of my 2021 election commitments," Ms McGurk said.

We would also like to thank our community, who has remained patience during the works. The College is committed to improving our infrastructure and educational programs to support active transport and road safety.

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James (Your Move)

What a team effort and great outcome! This is the first crossing I have seen like this - is it particularly for a crossing guard, or do cars always have to give way to pedestrians here? JCCA has earned 40 points for coordinating this improvement and you have earned another 20 points for sharing all those interesting details. And what a catchment you have 😮!

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The crossing requires cars to always give way here - it is a clearly marked speed hump. As it is located at our main entrance the majority of cars using the road are staff and parents. A wonderful new addition for our campus.

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