Over the past term or so, I have been in contact with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to discuss the school communities concerns of a school zone and road safety around our school. Please see the following extract from an email we have received in response.
“I can advise that the Department of Transport and Main roads (TMR) has investigated these matters. The investigations have determined that the existing 50km/h speed limit is appropriate for the location, based on safety guidelines that determine when a 40km/h school zone is needed.
The RSAs also investigated pedestrian crossing infrastructure and student usage at the school, as there is an existing pedestrian crossing on Main Street. There are signs and line marking on the road to give motorists warning that there is an approaching pedestrian crossing, used by school students. The assessment indicated low pedestrian activity at this crossing. The signage, line making and usage indicates that the school activity operates with a high level of safety along Main Street and upgrading the crossing to a ‘supervised school crossing’ or other work is not warranted at this time.
I can also advise that after the discussions with Mr Habel, the RSAs have contacted the Sunshine Coast Council and requested it assess the signage on Razorback Road and the service road near the school.”
If parents require more information, please see Geoff at the school or contact Doug Wass (District Director - North Coast) on 5451 7038.
Safety of our students on and near roads can not be taken lightly. We thank the Department of Transport and Main Roads for looking into our concerns and look forward to working with them in the future.