No traction on a safer crossing
THE crossing at Port Douglas State School is yet to secure government funding despite the fact Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey last week told the
that improving safety around schools was one of the government’s priorities.
Mr Bailey’s statement came after a White Rock school in Cairns secured government funded crossing supervisors with the support of Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt.
Janice Ruffles, president of the Parents and Citizens Association (P&C) for PDSS said Mr Bailey’s words came as a shock to her.
“I’m surprised as there are quite a few schools, just in the Far North alone, that are having great battles with Main Roads regarding crossings, car parking and drop off zones,” she said. “The P&C have taken onboard suggestions from Main Roads to improve our students’ knowledge and road use. We’ve done our bit, it would be good to see Main Roads do theirs.”
The PDSS crossing is similar to the White Rock crossing as both roads fall under the jurisdiction of Main Roads; however, the Member for Cook Billy Gordon’s actions do not mirror those of Mr Pitt’s as Mr Gordon has not advocated for a safer crossing in his district.
Mrs Ruffles said PDSS P&C have tried to reach out to Mr Gordon who is yet to acknowledge the problem.
“We will continue to try to get our Member for Parliament on board, so perhaps he can lobby state government on our behalf for funding to upgrade at least the current crossing, which does not meet modern standards for a safe crossing anyway.”
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