In June 2013, The Sunday Telegraph reported Mortlake Public School P&C president Kaye Callander as saying "It's safety and security, and the well-being of our children is critical - this needs to happen". At around the same time The Inner West Courier reported a parent of students attending the school as saying "The safety of our children is vital and we feel it is a small price for the government to pay for the protection of our kids". Following a sustained process of lobbying, including over 600 signatures on a petition to the Minister for Education, and fundraising the school was able to proceed with the installation of a new fence.
Bluedog was contracted to supply and install our SecuraTop® school security fencing and gates compliant with the NSW Department of Education school security fencing specification around the perimeter of the school. The school had been pushing for a security fence for some time with one provision, the fence supplied must be Australian made to stand the test of time. The fencing and gates were wholly fabricated and powder coated in-house by Bluedog. One of the major challenges of this project was the installation of the security fence around a heritage Morton Bay Fig. We employed water vacuum excavation technology to ensure there was minimal damage to the root system and the tree did not become a casualty in one of Sydney’s powerful storms. The school community welcomed the fence and were very impressed with Bluedog's peformance including comments from the school principal such as "Excellent service, excellent communication, excellent product and excellent price. Congratulations on an outstanding and successful project. BLUE DOG IS A HOWLING SUCCESS!". The feedback from the local community was similarlly overwhelmingly positive. Previously we have supplied and installed over 100 schools with security fences of this type in NSW alone.
Read media coverage about the installation of school security fencing at Mortlake Public School:
Some of the specific features of the Bluedog fence system supplied: