Student road safety a top priority for growing Pelican Waters community

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has met with a representative for concerned parents of Caloundra City Private School students regarding the lack of safety signalling and pedestrian crossings surrounding the Pelican Waters-based school.

Parent Will Hendey met Mr McArdle at the school, which is situated along Pelican Waters Blvd between Tweddell Dr. and Agincourt St., to observe the traffic volume in the area.

“What we have is a school that caters for day care-aged children through to Year 12 students and it is nestled in the heart of a rapidly growing community,” Mr McArdle said.

“While this has always been a busy road, traffic conditions continue to change. It is clear that the time has come for additional road safety measures be put in place to protect young pedestrians and cyclists as they learn to negotiate busy intersections.”  

Mr. Hendey said his family regularly enjoyed walking their dogs to the school where his 8-year old son attends as a year 4 student, but Mr Hendey fears the day his son asks to walk independently.

“Whilst the local police do a great job in occasionally policing the 40km/h zones, it’s only enough to deter the speeding cars and large commercial vehicles for a short time,” Mr Hendey said.  

“I am terrified at the thought that someday soon my son will ask to ride or walk to school independently, especially as there is nothing other than driver courtesy or a lucky gap in traffic to allow him to cross Pelican Waters Blvd safely.

“This is a concern that many parents, grandparents and local residents share, and my hope is that the same safety signalling is put in place that almost every other school in the area has,” Mr Hendey concluded.

“I thank Will for highlighting this growing issue with me, and I agree we must move to find a solution to both better alert drivers of the school zone and also provide pedestrian and cyclists with controlled crossings,” Mr McArdle said.  

“With students back in school this past week, this is also a timely reminder that we as drivers play a critical role in these young people’s safety on the road. Slow down for our children – our most precious citizens,” Mr McArdle concluded.