- WA's first traffic safety school for children announced
- Opening in Maylands later this year
The sod has been turned at Western Australia's first traffic safety school for young children, teaching youngsters about road safety, public transport and bike safety in a bid to bring down the road toll.
Education Minister Peter Collier said the school in Maylands would recreate Perth streets in detail to help combat alarming road trauma statistics involving children.
"In Western Australia, children make up a disproportionate number of road deaths when compared to other Australian States and Territories," Mr Collier said.
Each year, the school will educate up to 30,000 children aged four to 11 in a high-tech and dynamic setting.
It will include scale buildings, working rail platforms and crossings, traffic lights and intersections - elements likely to be encountered by children, pedestrians and cyclists.
"Children will learn about public transport and road awareness in a realistic suburban environment," the Minister said.
The State Government is providing part of the former Maylands Primary School for the traffic safety school.
It will share the premises with the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation Inc. which will also operate the school.
"Our students will leave the school equipped with essential skills about road safety, public transport and bike safety to set the foundation for responsible road use in future years," Mr Collier said.
- Road trauma is the leading cause of death for children in Western Australia
- Constable Care Child Safety Foundation Inc. is a registered charity that delivers award winning safety education programs to school students throughout WA
- The Department of Education has provided the 6,000 square metre site for the road safety school and the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation Inc.
Minister's office - 6552 6300