Federal and state representatives have joined forces to advocate for school safety after the issue was raised at a summit at Agnes Water this week.
Federal Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd, pictured at right, and State Member for Burnett, Stephen Bennett, left, met with Agnes Water State School to discuss plans for a student pick-up zone for the school’s 250 students.
The project has been in the pipeline for a number of years and requires the support of the Gladstone Regional Council to go ahead.
“Agnes Water is an expanding community, which is reflected in the situation we currently have when students from the state school are picked up from school,” Mr O’Dowd said.
“I’m told it is absolute chaos of an afternoon, with only seven available car parking spaces for adults collecting more than two hundred children, so this problem needs to be addressed.”
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said the local council, school community and other key stakeholders must work together to ensure a sensible outcome.
“It was great to meet with the school and discuss the proposal further. What we need now is for all parties to work closely together to find a sensible solution that meets the needs of the entire community,” Mr Bennett said.
“The school’s proposal is certainly reasonable. I’m very supportive of this initiative and I hope we can all work towards getting this project up off the ground for the safety of the children, which of course should be our priority.”
Mr O’Dowd said he takes his hat off to school staff who are still persevering to have the project recognised by the appropriate authorities.
“The school has asked Stephen and me to advocate on their behalf, which we are happy to do to see some progress,” he said.
“I don’t believe this situation is sustainable in the long term, especially when the school will inevitably continue to grow.”
Agnes Water State School staff said they were pleased with the response their plan had received from the MPs, and that they would continue to press for the pick-up zone to be constructed.