Former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd hit the campaign trail in the Tweed yesterday, giving his party’s team, led by Michael Armstrong in this weekend’s Tweed shire election, a timely boost when he joined them yesterday to launch a local school road-safety plan.
Mr Rudd’s parliamentary colleague in Richmond, Justine Elliot, an outspoken supporter of his leadership challenge against prime minister Julia Gillard earlier this year, joined him at St Joseph’s Primary School, Tweed Heads, for the ‘Safer Schools, Safer Kids’ plan.
It was the second formal event he’s campaigned for the Tweed Labor team.
Mr Armstrong said the centrepiece of the plan was for a complete audit of all roads, footpaths, and pedestrian crossings near local schools.
He said it would highlight where work was needed immediately to improve school safety.
‘Some local families and children are going to and from school using substandard roads, footpaths, and pedestrian crossings. Locals need safer access to local schools and the first step is to audit existing facilities and then to prioritise their construction, repair, and maintenance.
‘Our children deserve to have the best possible access when they are going to school and it is up to our local council to deliver.’
Mr Armstrong said that if the Tweed Labor team were elected, it would move council to improve safety near schools by: completing a formal audit of the roads, footpaths, and pedestrian crossings in designated school zones; re-prioritising the repair of substandard roads within designated school zones; and re-ordering maintenance and repair programs for roads, footpaths, and pedestrian crossings to provide a safer environment for our children and their families.
After the launch, Mr Rudd toured the school to inspect projects built under the Building the Education Revolution policy introduced by the government when he was prime minister, and spoke to students and staff.