Collingwood College has a wonderful success story.
Young urbanist and local champion Denali started prep at the school in 2018. After starting school, Denali had a spill on the broken and uneven footpath along the south side of the school. He wondered why the footpath was in such a poor state, and noticed that students were also forced into a narrow space, parked cars having taken over the footpath. Denali and his father explored around the school taking notes of where improvements were necessary, and raised it with Yarra Council. The key items raised were:
- Poor footpath surface
- Parked cars encroaching over footpath
- Incomplete crossings
- Cars parking across accessibility ramps
Ross Evans from Yarra’s civil engineering department, who has a passion for accessibility, promptly responded with an action plan to address all of the items. This was put into action during the mid-year break, scheduled for completion by the time school re-opened for term 3. It was a great opportunity to see the works in action.
Post-works, Denali and his father met Ross on site to review the improvements, and discuss their passions for a more accessible city that promotes children walking, scooting and riding to school!
Your local champion for Collingwood College is Denali, Yarra resident & student. View all of Streets Alive Yarra’s champions on our supporters page.
Enjoys getting around Abbotsford and Collingwood by bike and scooter, and is a fan of level footpaths and at-grade access (i.e. does not like bridges).Troy Parsons