The morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up at Dardanup Primary School has been made safer and more efficient after the expansion of the carpark.

The school received $60,000 from the State Government to complete the 12 new parking bays and footpath as part of the Local Projects, Local Jobs funding program.

School principal Darryl Owens said the new carpark has been very well received by parents and teachers, with a much safer arrangement now in place.

“Previous to the carpark being here, parents were having to park on the other side of the road to the school and the students were walking over,” he said.

“That created problems for student safety, as well as issues with the local ranger.”

The parking bays have also alleviated congestion issues.

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray officially opened the carpark last week.

He said it was good to see funding go directly to the school for work undertaken by local contractors.

“The new parking area will allow parents and students to come in and out of the area safely,” he said.

“Drop-off and pick-up time is a key social point for families living in rural areas, so the carpark expansion will mean families have a bit of extra time to check-in with each other to keep the social and community networks alive.

“The improved safety aspect for students is paramount with this project and I am glad that we have been able to deliver a safer arrangement at the school.”

Mr Murray also travelled to Capel on the same day to deliver $21,000 of Lotterywest grants, which will help support three community events.

Fact or Fiction, Captivate Capel and the Dalyellup Community Christmas shared the money.