‘Ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen’: Mums

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Peter Carruthers Peter.Carruthers@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

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

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

SAFETY FIRST: Shadow Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Tracy Davis, Whit­sun­day MP Jason Costi­gan, Tina Everett, Jenni Wal­ters, Beth, Ka­ley and Si­enna Gil­bert and To­mas Young.

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