Dogged persistence and sheer bloodymindedness appears to have finally paid off after a 10 month running battle with government bureaucracy for Mundaring resident Peter Taylor.
The 62 year-old grandfather is the full time carer for two young boys aged four and seven who attend Helena Valley Primary school.
Mr Taylor was extremely concerned about an ongoing safety issue for young school children and their parents when it came to either the hazardous process of trying to walk across Ridge Hill Rd or when trying to turn onto the road from Maguire Rd near the school.
Mr Taylor said there had been several accidents in the area since he initially raised the issue but thankfully no one had been hurt.
Main Roads statistics show a total of four crashes on Ridge Hill Rd between Bulkirra Place and Helena Valley Rd in the five years leading up to December 31 last year.
The problem associated with the school zone being insufficiently identified was further accentuated with the solar powered school zone warning lights, that were already in place, being incorrectly situated.
“Originally the school zone didn’t even cover the entire land area of the school and speeding cars were coming down the hill and not slowing down enough,” Mr Taylor said.
“I’d heard the school was trying to get something done about the problem but nothing much had happened.
“I contacted Michelle Roberts office in October last year and they managed to get the school zone extended.”
Mr Taylor said warning signs were put in place but drivers were still ignoring the school zone signs and not slowing down.
“Or not slowing down anywhere near enough until they saw the flashing warning lights near the roundabout towards the other end of the school zone,” he said.
“I also contacted Main Roads about the issue and they made the mistake of thinking it was in Kalamunda rather than the Mundaring Shire.”
Despite their initial misidentification of the area of concern Main Roads acted promptly.
In November 2016 they advised Mrs Roberts the existing school zone on Ridge Hill Rd would be extended by 30 metres, past the busy Maguire Rd intersection, directly heading away from the school.
By January 2017, 40km/h road signs had also been installed but several months later there was still community apprehension about drivers not slowing down due to their being no warning lights in place.
Mr Taylor said he later again followed up his concerns with Mrs Roberts but there now appears to be a happy ending to his battle with bureaucracy.
He said he was advised the existing electronic school zone warning signs were being relocated to near the Bulkirra Place and Ridge Hill Rd intersection with Main Roads committing to have the work completed by the end of July.
By Andrew Carter