Spring Farm students lobby Camden Council for bus stop shelter

Springfarm Public school students Will Liddy, Skylar Murphy, Alisha Mdlovu, Sheridan Badans, Joshua Davison, and Aaron Prodromou are asking the Camden Council for a bus shelter for the school. Picture: Simon Bennett
Springfarm Public school students Will Liddy, Skylar Murphy, Alisha Mdlovu, Sheridan Badans, Joshua Davison, and Aaron Prodromou are asking the Camden Council for a bus shelter for the school. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rain, hail or shine. Spring Farm Public School students have had to withstand all kinds of weather conditions while waiting for their school bus.

Now, they have banded together to ask Camden Council for a sheltered bus stop on Nicholson Parade or Richardson Road, Spring Farm. The students have even come up with a design themselves.

Year 5 student Joshua Davison said their idea was about more than just student safety.

"The bus shelter would be for everyone in the community to use," he said.

"I don't know why there isn't one in Spring Farm already, places like Camden have sheltered bus stops."

Teachers helped the children make a submission to Camden Council last Thursday which included their proposal and design idea.

Students currently stand or sit alongside busy roads in order to catch the bus.

Year 6 student Skylar Murphy said on many occasions students were forced to wait on cold concrete.

"There is a patch of grass but in the mornings it is always really wet so we sit on the concrete but it's cold," she said.

"Some of the young kids also run on the road to get balls or whatever and the older kids have to try and stop them but a bus stop would give them some boundaries.

Students travel from across Spring Farm, Elderslie and beyond to attend school.

Spring Farm Public School principal Donovan Jance said he supported the student's goal.

"The kids are not just thinking about themselves, they are thinking about the entire community," he said.

"In a way they have been lucky in this drought because when it does rain they are all huddled together with no way of keeping out of the rain."

Spring farm students Will Liddy and Aaron Prodrumou wrote the final submission that was handed into council.

Both boys said catching the bus had been a "horrible" experience.

"Especially on really windy days like today [Friday, August 9]," Will said.

"It's so cold and there is nowhere to get any shelter."

Teacher Carolyn Steen said writing to the council had been a great learning experiencing for all of her year 5 and 6 students.

"We hope the council takes their proposal on board - that would be amazing," she said.

"It was an opportunity for them to do something that would benefit the entire community.

"It also gives the students a voice."