Public feedback sought as safety issues raised at Mulgoa school

Mulgoa resident Steven Bostock and his daughters at Mulgoa Public School. Photo: Melinda Jane.
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Locals are being encouraged to provide last minute feedback to improve a section of Mulgoa Road as part of the State Government’s plan to revitalise Fernhill Estate.

With the NSW Government purchasing the estate in 2018, planning work is underway for a new recreation park and upgrades to improve the safety and connectivity of surrounding roads.

Mulgoa resident and father of three, Steven Bostock said the project is the perfect opportunity to address issues at Mulgoa Public School.

“My eldest daughter is at the school, so I have spent a lot of time conversing with parents and one of the big concerns we have is the crossing and how it floods in heavy rain periods,” Mr Bostock said.

“The other concern is at the Littlefields Road and Mulgoa Road intersection when cars are turning, the vehicles behind travelling northbound are required to swerve around towards the pedestrian path which creates a dangerous scenario.”

Mr Bostock said proper safety upgrades need to be a priority.

“A lot of parents get nervous with the cars so close to a narrow path as there is no room especially if you had two bikes or prams trying to pass each other,” he said.

“The road is becoming busier so addressing the crossing and ideally widening the path and having a potential pedestrian barrier would be great to ensure everyone is safe.”

The Mulgoa Progress Association (MPA) has also been campaigning the government to solve future traffic issues surrounding the opening of Fernhill Estate by moving the main entrance to the land next to the primary school, known as the Littlefields Creek precinct.

“We would encourage the NSW Government to think large and bold when upgrading Mulgoa Road… a Band-Aid solution like simply lowering the speed limit is not the solution our growing community requires, nor what our children need for safety,” MPA President Tim Hawkins said.

“We believe the Littlefield Creek precinct provides a great opportunity to incorporate a safer school drop off solution than the current dangerous Mulgoa Road drop off point and a new school bus bay could be added within the proposed entrance to Fernhill.”

A Transport for NSW Spokesperson confirmed it is looking at options to improve the safety and connectivity of Mulgoa Road between Winbourne and Mayfair Roads, which includes Mulgoa Public School.

“We encourage the community to provide feedback to the consultation process that is underway until June 18,” the spokesperson said.

“Community feedback will inform further design work for this section of Mulgoa Road.

“Transport for NSW would undertake further community engagement and would work collaboratively with relevant stakeholders including Penrith City Council and Mulgoa Public School on any detailed plans.”

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Emily Feszczuk

A graduate of Western Sydney University, Emily covers Local, State and Federal politics for the Weekender, as well as crime and general news.

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