TWO Griffith schools have clashed over a controversial council proposal to relocate a school bus zone.
Council has been investigating the merits of relocating the Kooba Street bus zone, which services St Pat’s Primary School and Griffith North Public School, to Boonah Street.
However, a recent meeting with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) representatives, school staff, parents, committee members, bus operators and council staff resulted in tense disagreements over the plan.
The proposal came up in response to parking issues surrounding the schools, as well as future traffic envisioned following the proposed expansion at St Pat’s and the development of the Griffith Community Private Hospital entrance.
Head of Griffith’s Transport Management Committee Councillor Doug Curran said there was currently a clash between pedestrians, buses and parents picking up children at the current zone, and the RMS had recommended the move.
However, he acknowledged there was disagreement between the schools.
“There are a variety of reasons why it’s a good idea but there are also reasons why it won’t work,” Cr Curran said.
“We have a working group and we will try to find a solution.”
St Pat’s principal David Adams-Jones was all for the relocation, saying it was in the best interests of student safety.
“We believe the current direction of buses at the moment doesn’t work,” Mr Adams-Jones said.
“Our stance is about a positive outcome for all students – not just St Pat’s student but also the Lake Wyangan and Griffith Public School students who run behind our buses to transfer onto other buses.
“I agree with the RMS – buses and cars don’t mix.”
But Griffith North Public School principal Susan Bourne said her school committee did not want the bus zone to change.
“We’re happy with the current arrangements and we believe they are safe for students,” Ms Bourne said.
“Boonah Street is too narrow and busy.”
The working group will meet again in the coming weeks in an attempt to unearth a solution.