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Debra the Zebra kicks off campaign for more pedestrian crossings

MEDIA RELEASE exclusive for Illawarra Mercury
31 July 2021

Debra the Zebra today joined Greens Councillor Mithra Cox, hitching her support to the campaign for safer routes for kids walking to school, including more zebra crossings.

After confirming that she had observed the 14 days COVID quarantine, Debra confirmed she had done her time and said: “Wild horses wouldn’t keep me from this campaign.”

When asked if she thought Wollongong’s streets were safe for kids walking to school, she answered with an emphatic, “neigh!!!”.

“You can’t expect kids to have to run across the road like gazelles dodging lions while there is nothing to stop the steady stream of cars. Kids need crossings, and that’s why I’m here.

“For me, this issue is black and white. I’m wild about crossings.

“We need to reign in fast cars on suburban streets and especially around schools. We need a little less horse power and a few more pedestrian crossings.

Greens Councillor Mithra Cox has a motion which will be debated at Council tonight, that would enable Council to more easily install pedestrian crossings.

“I’m so glad to have Debra’s support. The Greens have been trying for four years to get more crossings, and sometimes I really feel like I’m flogging a dead horse. This could really get the campaign up and racing.

“For too long, cars have been prioritised over kids and in fact over anyone who is trying to walk to school, the shops or around their neighbourhoods.

“We’ve heard it straight from the horse’s mouth, it’s time to change our priorities, and get more pedestrian crossings to make our streets safer, especially for kids walking to school,” Cr Cox said.

More information Mithra Cox: 0419 720 322