Wolumla community discusses school traffic

Bega Valley Shire Council deputy mayor Liz Seckold and Wolumla Public School principal Peter Claxton.
Bega Valley Shire Council deputy mayor Liz Seckold and Wolumla Public School principal Peter Claxton.

Members of Wolumla Public School’s P&C joined teachers, families and community members on Friday to discuss parking and footpath issues on Bega St.

Principal Peter Claxton raised the school community’s concerns with Bega Valley Shire Council deputy mayor Liz Seckold, who attended the school’s open day.

Mr Claxton, who started the role in April, said seeing logging and freight trucks driving down Bega St during peak morning and afternoon traffic was a major concern.

“When I first turned up at the school I could not believe what I saw of an afternoon,” he said.

“The school footpath goes straight down to the main road. There’s no buffer between the road and the school.”

He said a lack of footpaths and no designated car park for parents and carers on the school grounds meant cars congested the town’s main thoroughfare.

“We also want to relieve the neighbouring residents of the burden of having cars parked near their property or across their driveways,” Mr Claxton said.

“Wolumla is growing, so it’s an issue that needs to be addressed.”

Wolumla P&C vice president Kelly Winiata, a mother of three, walks to and from the school with a pram.

She said battling the uneven terrain while minding a two and four-year-old could be a stressful experience around dense traffic.

“It’s an ongoing issue and one we want to change for a safer future,” she said.

“We’re looking for a sustainable solution.”

Mr Claxton said dialogue would continue with council throughout the year.

“It’s not something we might do, it’s something we have to do.”