Police say traffic wardens on way

Catherine MasseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
Traffic warden Charmeine Duri with Geographe Primary School brothers Elliot, 11, Alistair, 7, and Ruaridh, 9, in July
Camera IconTraffic warden Charmeine Duri with Geographe Primary School brothers Elliot, 11, Alistair, 7, and Ruaridh, 9, in July Credit: Traffic warden Charmeine Duri with Geographe Primary School’s Coutts brothers Elliot, 11, Alistair, 7, and Ruaridh, 9, in July.

Geographe Primary School parents were left in the dark as their children crossed the busy Queen Elizabeth Avenue alone for more than a month after a traffic warden resigned.

GPS parent Jamie Coutts said he was not informed of the change and responsibility had been placed on his children.

“My concern is, what is it going to take for this to be a priority, it’s a pretty busy road during the peak hours of the start and end of school,” he said.

A WA Police spokesperson said two traffic wardens ceased employment on August 6.

“Unfortunately WA Police only received short notice of their intention to resign,” the spokesperson said.

“WA Police Force’s Traffic Warden State Management Unit has engaged in local recruitment activity and has received interest from several people.

“While that process is completed . . . local police will endeavour to attend the school zones and assist with the school crossing operation, pending other operational priorities at the time.”

Geographe Primary School principal Alison Freeman said the school was only made aware of the change at the beginning of this week.

“It was brought to our attention at a board meeting last night (Monday) that there was not a traffic warden currently near our school,” Ms Freeman said,

“Now that we are aware we will let our school community know.”

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