If you grew up in Moonee Valley, chances are you have visited the Essendon Traffic School at some stage.
But did you know it was two local families who made the traffic school what it is today and in the process gave a lot of kids valuable lessons in road safety?
Frank and Marian Camiller and Trevor and Carmel Hunter took over the running of the school in 1976 through the voluntary organisation Community Action for Road Education (CARE). They clearly loved it because they stayed there for 25 years. That’s quarter of a century!
Marian said she’s proud of what they achieved over the years.
“I believe that we improved the skills, knowledge and the attitude of little kids, and big kids, from pre-school children right up to year twelves going for their learner permits and pre-driver education.
“We had teacher training and sessions for parents and I believe we did a good job. I’m very proud of the time we had here.”
While they were clearly dedicated, Carmel said running the school wasn’t always easy.
“There were a lot of great times, but there were also sad times when we didn’t know where we were going to get the next bike from because the second hand shops didn’t have any for Trevor and Frank to repair,” she said.
“We came into the thistles and the grass and dilapidated looking signs and it had been unused and uncared for and we did our best. To see how it’s developed is just wonderful.”
Council began operating the Traffic School in 2002 supported by the Rotary Club of Essendon.
Frank, Marian, Trevor and Carmel went back to the Traffic School this week where two street signs in their honour were unveiled.