New sandstone helps keep kids safe

Around the block: Cr Marcus Cornish with the new blocks that have been placed on land behind the Arms of Australia Inn at Emu Plains.

Around the block: Cr Marcus Cornish with the new blocks that have been placed on land behind the Arms of Australia Inn at Emu Plains.

Huge sandstone blocks have been installed around a block of land at Emu Plains to help protect local schoolchildren from hoons.

The blocks have been placed on the land adjoining both Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School and the historic Arms of Australia Inn to help stop hoons in cars tearing up the grass and protect children leaving the school.

North Ward councillor Marcus Cornish pushed for the blocks and congratulated Penrith City Council for installing them.

“People were driving up onto the land and hoons were tearing up the grass,” he said. “It’s an area where children leave the school through the gate.

“This piece of land is also where the historical society has displays and markets on open days and festival events.

“These blocks don’t just create a barrier but a seating arrangement and if it’s felt at a later date they need to be removed, they can be moved.

“They are maintenance free, they look great and being sandstone they fit in with the heritage of the museum precinct.”

Cr Cornish, who is also the patron of the Nepean District Historical Society, now has his sights set on a new shelter at the nearby Arms of Australia Inn so the society can store historic vehicles and protect them from the weather.

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