GREEN Point Plaza is now off-limits to students during school hours, and the ban will soon be extended to the Cove Hill shopping precinct.
The Green Point ban came into effect on August 1 after meetings between shopkeepers, property developer Robert Rockefeller, Brighton Mayor Tony Foster and representatives from the new Jordan River Learning Federation – lead principal Steve Lewis and parents’ association chairperson Leanne Wakerell.
Signs on supermarket and shop windows now proclaim: “We reserve the right to refuse service to children unless accompanied by a parent or teacher.”
It’s a win on two fronts – shop owners say it’s good for business, because older shoppers feel more comfortable, and it encourages students to stay on campus.
“We have to congratulate the kids,” Leanne said. “They are heeding the ban.”
Leanne has four school-age children. “They have grasped the concept and the shops being off-limit during school hours is not a problem for them.”
She said she believed the ban would be extended to Cove Hill shops before the end of the school year.
Mayor Tony Foster said that prior to the ban he had observed some students congregating around the Green Point shops at lunchtime.
“There was certain behaviour – swearing and smoking – that adult shoppers didn’t like. It was hard to blame the kids for loitering around because at that stage they didn’t have canteens to keep them within the school grounds,” he said.
“Now there is a better environment on the Federation campuses, that issue is behind us.