Clinton school parking frustrates

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

'PARKING SUCKS' according to parents of students at Clinton State School.

Fiona Spencer said she had to arrive at least 15 minutes early to get a parking space near the school when picking up her daughters, Jillian, 8, and Molly, 6.

'The bell goes at 2.45pm and it takes about half-an-hour to get the kids home, even though we only live a short distance away,' Mrs Spencer said.

Kelly Baxter said she had to park on a gravel strip just up from the school, otherwise she would not be able to get out of the carpark to get home of an afternoon.

She said while different strategies had been suggested to ease the parking burden, it was difficult to suit everyone's needs.

'They could stagger the times the children finish, but then if you've got kids in different grades it's going to be difficult to get them all at once,' she said.

Clinton State School principal Yvette Dawson said the school had one of the best car parking facilities in Gladstone, but the council had no requirement for public car parking near schools.

'The Education Department provides staff car parks, but we're lucky to have any public car parks because there's no reason for council to put it there,' she said.

She said while other local schools had a number of 'frontages' where parents could drop off or pick up their children, Clinton State School was limited to just one frontage.

Ms Dawson said there was a drop-off zone, public transport and bike tracks available for students, but it was the decision of each parent whether to drive their child to and from school.

'There are some positives that come from it, including parents' ability to teach their children safe crossing behaviour, and when the stop, drop and go zone is used effectively, traffic flows quite quickly,' she said.

The traffic situation at the school has been discussed by Gladstone City Council.



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