Two key programs to deliver safety improvements around schools are set to lead to safer school zones.

The state government has announced funding to build safety zones.

The safety program began in 2018 and has funded school transport infrastructure projects at 90 schools.

“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,” transport minister Mark Bailley said.

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

Education minister Grace Grace said:  “Our school crossing supervisors play a crucial role in getting our kids to and from school safely.”

Mr Bailey said the STIP program is open to all schools.

“This is open to state and non-state schools, and applications can be made by the likes of parents and friends associations, members of the community, road authorities and the schools themselves,” he said.

“Projects are capped to a maximum of $500,000 in state funding but can be co-funded with the likes of local governments for bigger projects.

“This means this program will deliver at least 80 infrastructure upgrades to schools across Queensland.

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

Mr Bailey said 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.

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.