No trac­tion on a safer cross­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

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.”

Do you have a news tip? Con­tact Ed­i­tor Shane Nichols on 4099 8555 or shane.nichols@news.com.au

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