Tweed Heads Public School has welcomed a new school crossing supervisor to help students safely cross from the school bus pick-up and set-down area.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said this measure has been introduced this week following the current restrictions in place at the NSW-Queensland border.

“Due to current border restrictions implemented by the Queensland Government, the school bus cannot drop off or pick up students from its regular location next to the school entrance on Stuart Street,” Mr Provest said.

“The bus now uses a stop across the road, and the school principal has been escorting students across the road, which cannot continue for safety reasons.

“Transport for NSW initially used traffic controllers to assist students, but I am glad to see the allocation of a temporary school crossing supervisor has been fast-tracked, to ensure students can safely cross the road on their way to and from school while border restrictions remain in place.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said this crossing supervisor was on top of an $18.5 million NSW Government commitment for 300 additional school crossing supervisors to increase student safety.

“So far, 168 of those 300 locations have been announced, with the remainder of the new locations to be announced over the remaining years of the program,” Mr Toole said

“This is extending the school crossing supervisor program to more schools across the state than ever before, which is great news for students and parents.”

School crossing supervisors are part of a suite of measures the NSW Government has implemented within NSW school zones to keep kids safe. 

Other measures include reduced speed limits and high visibility safety treatments like signs, dragon teeth road markings and flashing lights.

Higher fines and demerit points also apply within school zones, and the speed advisor app is available to alert drivers when they enter an active school zone.