State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has today sponsored a community-led petition calling for the installation of 40km flashing-light signage and pedestrian crossings at the busy Caloundra City Private School in Pelican Waters.
It comes as Mr McArdle first met with parent and principal petitioner Will Hendey earlier this year to discuss the lack of safety signalling and pedestrian crossings surrounding the school which is situated along Pelican Waters Blvd between Tweddell Dr. and Agincourt St
“I am happy to sponsor this petition because we must protect these young pedestrians and cyclists as they learn to negotiate busy intersections,” Mr McArdle said.
“While this has always been a busy road, Pelican Waters and indeed most of Caloundra is a rapidly growing community so we need the long-term solution of flashing 40km lights and pedestrian crossings.
“We cannot not forget that while we have had some reduction in traffic due to COVID-19, it is quickly returning to normal, therefore the time has come for additional road safety measures be put in place.”
Mr. Hendey said both parents and members of the local community have expressed concerns over the lack of pedestrian safety signalling and therefore the decision was made to petition the State Government to install the needed flashing lights and crossings.
“Not only does our school deserve the same safety signalling that almost every other school in the area has, we need a solution that will grow with this community,” Mr Hendey said.
“Policing of the 40km/h zones only deters the speeding cars and large commercial vehicles for a short time.
“As a parent, it is scary enough waiting for the day your children ask for more independence such as walking to school without you. We should not have to worry about the lack of appropriate pedestrian crossings to get them there safely.”
“With students back in school next week, it 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.
To sign the petition please visit the Caloundra Electorate Office at 1/20 Ormuz Ave Caloundra or online by visiting: https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/petition-details?id=3372