David Batt MP’s calls for a school zone extension for Bundaberg North State School have been answered.
Mr Batt has been liaising with the Wide Bay Burnett Transport and Main Roads Department since early October in regards to the inadequacy of the current school zone.
On Wednesday, the Minister for Transport and Main Roads announced that the school zone will be extended as per Mr Batt’s request.
Mr Batt said he was pleased to see the Bundaberg community being listened to by the Labor government.
“Over the course of this year, residents have told me they are genuinely worried about the safety of the kids at Bundaberg North State School,” he said.
“Hinkler Avenue and Mount Perry Roads are both very busy thoroughfares and there should be a school zone on both roads to cater for the heavy traffic and the large number of students who need to cross them to get to and from school.
“When the safety concerns were first brought to my attention I sought the department’s feedback on the likelihood of our proposed solution being taken on board and was advised that the speed limit and signage were currently appropriate, so Wednesday’s announcement came as a pleasant surprise.
“A new school zone will significantly increase the safety of the many students and their families who use Mount Perry Road on their way to and from the school.
“It’s disappointing though, to read that the Minister hasn’t immediately committed to installing flashing lights in the new zone, I strongly believe they should be installed in every school zone across Bundaberg and the state.
“Flashing lights are designed to attract the attention of motorists and I don’t believe the Labor government is installing them at an acceptable rate.
“I am committed to the safety of our students, that’s why I campained during the election on this issue and I will continue to fight for the instillation of flashing lights in every school zone in my electorate.
“There are a number of Transport and Main Roads matters that need addressing in Bundaberg and I will continue to bring those to the governments attention, but this is a good start.”
Thursday 8 October 2018