Combined 75 years Service of Safer School Road Crossings

10 December 2014

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Thousands of students in Redland City have been kept safe on school crossings since the introduction of the School Crossing Supervisor scheme 30 years ago.

Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson said the scheme had made a huge contribution to protecting children and reassuring parents right across Queensland.

It was great to present today a certificate of appreciation and a special 30th year commemorative badge to Del Horvath who has served at Dunwich State School. 

Del Horvath is one of 14 crossing supervisors who have been with the scheme since it began in 1984.

Cleveland has more than one long service school crossing supervisor with Maureen Dunn with 25 year service at Thornlands State School and Dawn Tuche with 20 year service at Cleveland SS also recognised.

 These three ladies are institutions in our local schools and I know that the communities they have serviced, past and present, have been and are very thankful.

Their dedication to the job and to local children is remarkable and I’m delighted to recognise their work on behalf of the community.

 The School Crossing Supervisor scheme has had a 100 per cent success rate since its inception, with not one fatality occurring at a supervised crossing since then.

In hot, cold or wet weather, the supervisors are there, ensuring children are kept out of harm’s way and for this, I thank them.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their dedication and help in educating the children on safe road crossing practices.

When it was first launched 30 years ago, 255 schools adopted the concept of a School Crossing Supervisor.

There are now 1,210 crossings, staffed by over 1,900 supervisors at 652 Queensland schools.

The School Crossing Supervisors are also there to educate the children on safe road crossing practices.

The Newman Government continues to support and deliver initiatives such as the flashing school light program which provides a safer road environment around our schools.”

I would also like to thank the schools, their principals and all others involved in helping this scheme continue for 30 years.

Supervised school crossings are a partnership between the Queensland Government, local councils and the school community.