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New safety barrier for preschool children

New safety barrier for preschool children

The Guyra Preschool and Long Day Care Centre has received an essential safety upgrade, with the implementation of safety bollards at the front of the Centre.

Some 20 reinforced bollards have been erected between the Centre’s front fence and the road to help protect the children from potential vehicle accidents.

The proximity of the playground to the road has been a key concern of Centre management and staff.  Following a submission by a parent, and an organisation-wide independent safety review ordered by Armidale Regional Council, the Centre’s exposure to traffic was identified as an immediate priority.

Armidale Regional Council Director of Engineering, Ralf Stoeckeler said the bollards are an important step in keeping the children who attend the Centre safe.

“The Preschool building is located between two heavily utilised intersections, and the children were potentially exposed to danger if an accident occurred. The bollards are heavily reinforced and will help to prevent vehicles from crashing through the Preschool’s front fence or building façade.”

Nominated Supervisor of the Guyra Preschool and Long Day Care Centre, Amanda Campbell said the feedback from parents and the community about the new bollards has been positive.

“Our proximity to traffic has been a major concern for the Centre. Staff and parents are pleased to see the bollards erected, and our babies and toddlers who utilise the front playground can now do so safely.”

“Thank you to Nikki Robinson who, as a concerned parent, raised the issue with Council and assisted in initiating a solution,” said Mrs Campbell. 

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