17 February 2020
The Territory Government will invest $570,000 in traffic upgrades at Alawa and Nemarluk schools to improve safety for children and families.
A joint report into traffic improvements in the Alawa education precinct was commissioned by the Territory Government and City of Darwin last year, after concerns were raised by families and school representatives over congestion, lack of parking, vehicle speeds, lack of safe pedestrian crossing points and poor visibility.
The report made a number of recommendations, including:
•A new, 30 bay car parking area at Alawa Primary School
•Extension of Nemarluk car parking area to accommodate 12 extra cars
•Installation of traffic calming measures in Alawa Crescent and Styles Street
•Installation of a park and stride area at Alawa shops and an associated pedestrian crossing, to reduce traffic flow around the two schools
•Sign installation at Kiss and Go areas to reinforce time limits
•Footpath upgrades in the school precinct
The Territory Government will begin on some of the works, including the car parking spaces and signage, in the coming months and are expected to complete them before the end of the 2020 school year.
The City of Darwin has applied for funding for the remainder of the works under the Federal Government’s Black Spot program, which aims to provide a safe route to school for children and safe crossing facilities for all pedestrians.