‘Accident waiting to happen’: Mums
THERE is an “accident waiting to happen” at the intersection of Island Dr and Shute Harbour Rd, according to Cannonvale State School P&C president Tina Everett.
“At 3pm this whole area is full of kids,” she said. “We have kids that jump the rail, we have kids that balance on the gutter, we have kids that
run across into the middle when the light is red.”
Ms Everett regretted there was no sign indicating to drivers there was a school nearby, with the main school entrance on Coral Esplanade.
“We would love red light cameras, a school zone and we would love a crossing lady,” she said.
Shadow Minister for Education Tracy Davis, and Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan have both called for action to be taken.
“If mums and dads are concerned then I am concerned,” Mr Costigan said. “Someone from TMR needs to come up here and do an audit on this situation and engage with the local community to enhance road safety in this vicinity.”
Ms Everett said she had contacted the Department of Traffic and Main Roads who controlled the road but she had been brushed off and told safety measures were in place at the Coral Esplanade entrance of the school.
More than 765 students attend the school.
Ms Davis said the safety of kids must be a priority and it was disappointing a “pretty straightforward remedy was not being looked into”.
❝If mums and dads are concerned then I am concerned. — Jason Costigan
SAFETY FIRST: Shadow Minister for Education Tracy Davis, Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan, Tina Everett, Jenni Walters, Beth, Kaley and Sienna Gilbert and Tomas Young.