Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Rangers and Kids' Safety on a Fine Line; Storm Clouds Gather as Parents Call for Undercover Drop-Off Zone at Wollongbar

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Rangers and Kids' Safety on a Fine Line; Storm Clouds Gather as Parents Call for Undercover Drop-Off Zone at Wollongbar

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Byline: Jessica Kellett jessica.kellett@northernstar.com.au

PARENTS of Wollongbar Public School students are calling for an undercover drop-off zone as a matter of urgency.

With Ballina Shire Council rangers readily fining parents who drop off their children in the school's bus zone when it rains, parents hope the work will be done sooner rather than later.

Amanda Cox, whose son Riley is in Year 1 at the school, said drop-off zones only became an issue when it rained.

"There's nowhere to drop your kids off in a safe undercover area," she said.

"We know it's a bus zone, but we prefer our kids' safety over being issued with a fine."

Mrs Cox said her family had experienced first-hand the problems caused by parking in the bus zone.

"My husband got fined recently when he was dropping off in the bus zone," she said. "He was parked there for less than 30 seconds."

Ballina Shire Council regulatory services group manager Rod Willis said what the parents were doing was illegal. …

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