$40M safer schools for CQ

Taranganba State School Principal Susan Beatty and Brittany Lauga MP Keppe

Life-saving work at Taranganba State School is due to be completed later this month as the Queensland Government launches a new $40 million program for school safety.

Member for Keppel and Assistant Education Minister Brittany Lauga said the $1.1 million stop and drop project at Taranganba SS helped increase student.

Ms Lauga said the grant allowed the school to improve pedestrian crossings, install a bus set-down area with storage for students using the services, and works to mitigate illegal parking.

“I’m very proud of that project which shows the value of these grants to deliver safety improvements around schools,” Ms Lauga said.

“St Anthony’s in North Rockhampton also benefitted from the funding with a now-completed concrete footpaths.”

Ms Lauga said the state Government’s school transport infrastructure program will be expanded to deliver $40 million worth of projects, and she encouraged CQ schools to apply for their share.

“The School Transport Infrastructure Program was first launched back in 2018 and has been incredibly successful at making the road infrastructure around Queensland schools safer,” she said.

“The program will deliver at least 80 infrastructure upgrades to schools across Queensland.

“Importantly, it also helps to create jobs for local businesses and contractors.”

Transport Minister Mark Bailey said since the program began, more than 90 school transport infrastructure projects have been completed, which have protected one of our most vulnerable road user groups, children, on their way to and from school.

“This funding has been crucial in delivering new car parks, pedestrian crossings, “stop, drop and go” zones, bus and vehicle turnarounds, footpaths, signs and dedicated turning lanes,” Mr Bailey said.

“It’s a no brainer to expand it further, and deliver even more school safety programs across the state.

“School zones will also be made safer later this year when specialised speed cameras are rolled out in a world-first.

“During term three, our school zone speed cameras will be going live, to crack down on speeding around our schools,” he said.

“I’m warning people now, slow down around schools or you will be caught.”