State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has today announced that an LNP Government will commit $200k to deliver flashing 40km/h signals, pedestrian crossing warning signals and pedestrian crossings at Caloundra City Private School (CCPS) to ensure school children and their families can safely travel to and from the area.
It comes as Mr McArdle today accepted a community-led petition from Petitioner Will Hendey which was launched in July, requesting the State Government move to install the much-needed signalling and crossings.
“I thank Will and everyone from the school and local community for standing up and saying they have waited too long for these important safety upgrades,” Mr McArdle said.
“Not only will I table this petition, which has now been signed by more than 700 people, in State Parliament next week but I can confirm that if elected in October an LNP Government will ensure these upgrades are funded and completed.
“Nearly every other school in the area has these basic safety measures in place- it’s time for CCPS to be given the same consideration,” Mr McArdle concluded.
Parent and Head Petitioner Will Hendey said they had been overwhelmed by the support they received in their bid to have the safety upgrades completed.
“Firstly, I would like to thank Mark and his team for their support through this entire process. After hearing Mark speak at the school’s speech night last year, I approached him about our concerns over the road safety around the school,” Mr Hendey said.
“To his credit, within 24 hours the wheels were in motion.
“I also want to thank the school, the parents and wider local community for signing and sharing this petition, as well as the small group who assist with the flyer,” Mr Hendey concluded.
LNP Candidate for Caloundra Stuart Coward said the LNP would not make the community wait any longer for a solution.
“Caloundra City Private School, its student and families have been waiting and fighting for these critical safety upgrades for years,” Mr Coward said.
“This has been ‘in the pipe-line’ for too long. The community needs the commitment that someone is looking out for the school children.
“Regardless of how the Minister responds to this petition, the LNP will make sure the lights and crossings are installed,” Mr Coward concluded.