P&C an­gered over cross­ing re­fusal

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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“I’m dis­ap­pointed but not sur­prised,” Mrs Ruf­fles said.

“It will al­ways come down to num­bers and dol­lars and not good man­age­ment of chil­dren’s lives.”

Mrs Ruf­fles blasted the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads (DTMR) traf­fic in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the road which had been con­ducted in Fe­bru­ary.

“Data count of cars should be done in peak tourist sea­son when the traf­fic pop­u­la­tion triples, not at the start of Fe­bru­ary,” Mrs Ruf­fles said.

“This would also co­in­cide with our beau­ti­ful win­ter weather when more stu­dents are rid­ing or walk­ing to school.”

Mrs Ruf­fles re­it­er­ated that the let­ter’s ref­er­ence to the de­part­ments cri­te­ria on which the re­quest was re­jected is noth­ing new.

But the point is that “ex­cep­tions have been made be­fore”.

“When White Rock State School first ap­plied for a Lol­lipop per­son the road was deemed ‘too dan­ger­ous’ for one, through lob­by­ing they did get one in the end,” Mrs Ruf­fles said.

“Our road is deemed ‘ not dan­ger­ous enough’. Where’s the blurry line be­tween the two?”.

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