Traffic problem

Anyone walking down Flaxley Road outside Mt Barker High School at 3.15pm on a school day would see exactly why concerns are being raised about the safety of pedestrians, motorists and bus drivers.
With buses unable to pull completely off the road when picking up and dropping off students, the chaotic situation has become a recipe for disaster.
A constant flow of cars, buses and trucks squeeze through the restricted space and are often forced to drive off the road onto the gravel.
The school has done the right thing by instructing the bus drivers to park at that point so students do not have to cross the busy road to get to and from school.
However, some students do have to cross the road if walking home to houses on the other side of Flaxley Road, or to their parent’s car waiting to pick them up.
With no pedestrian crossing they have to wait for a break in the traffic and are often forced to run across the road, putting their safety at risk.
The situation seems to have evolved over time without much planning and it has now reached the point where it needs to become more structured.
The responsibility lies with the State Government, which has promised to work with the school to find a solution.
A pedestrian refuge point or a crossing needs to be constructed, and a small amount of landscaping work to allow the buses to pull entirely off the road would make a big difference to the flow of traffic.
It really is a minor amount of work to solve a potentially deadly situation and prompt action is essential.

Neighborhood risk

Overgrown vacant blocks in townships and neglected rural properties are the bane of their neighbors.
It is discouraging to do the right thing leading up to the fire danger season when the fire fuel load next door is just building up.
Not only does it increase the risk of a fire obtaining a foothold on your doorstep, these neglected parcels increase the chances of snakes, vermin and weeds coming onto your property and they send the wrong message to the community.
It’s frustrating but residents should keep in mind that landholders have until December 1 to clean-up their properties.
The danger these blocks pose should also be kept in perspective.
We live amongst native vegetation and a neatly clipped neighbor does not negate the threat of that fuel load during a major bushfire on a catastrophic day.
Everyone needs to have an action plan for that eventuality.