Billy fixes the crossing
IF only we could print such a headline!
I’m talking about the school crossing near the Wildlife Habitat on Port Douglas Rd, a disaster waiting to happen.
Six months ago we took a photo of leading figures in the shire such as the mayor, the officer in charge of the Port Douglas police station and federal MP Warren Entsch, along with members of the parents and citizens committee from the state school – all up at the crossing and expressing their view that it was a dangerous crossing.
It probably wasn’t Mr Entsch’s fight really, given it’s a state matter.
The state dept of roads did make some minor alterations to the crossing but nowhere near what’s needed of course – which is the funding of “lollipop” traffic managers who will control the crossing site and safely conduct the kids, some of whom are really young, across this busy and hazardous bit of road.
The embattled state MP for Cook has a duty and an opportunity here.
The opportunity, given all of his travails, is to actually do some good by bringing his “balance of power” clout to bear on the school crossing issue.
Already he is way behind the running on this matter. In similar instance down in Cairns, Member for Barron Craig Crawford is out in front campaigning for a safer crossing for a school in Caravonica. He’s demanding around $1.5 million for the fix.
This week was fascinating to see Mr Gordon’s role in the House, breaking ranks to vote against the ALP over the pub lockouts. And the electoral redistribution bill was scheduled for late last night – a rock and a hard place, that one.
Mr Gordon could earn the headline above if he just gets down to it – even if it’s purely for his own reasons. Talk to the Premier, get a true and lasting solution to the safety of the crossing.