WATCH: Car parking to be made safer at Boyne Island school
THE unofficial car park used by Boyne Island State School staff and parents could soon be made safer.
Education Queensland has purchased the land behind the school on Pittsbay Cres for traffic and pedestrian use.
The area, which was previously reserved for housing, is a vacant block that parents and staff can park on, with a sidewalk with parking lines painted along it.
Parking options has been a safety concern for the principal, staff and parents of students for 20 years.
In fact, Boyne Island State School principal of eight years Michael Hurst said he wrote a letter about the situation in his first week with the school.
"We had no ability to influence how the parks were used, and now we do, so it's exciting that we can come up with a solution to create a safer environment," Mr Hurst said.
There are no safety measures along the Pittsbay Cres parks, with parents told to just drive slowly.
"The only safety mechanism we can have is that cars need to be slow moving," Mr Hurst said.
"There are no supervised crossings because there just wasn't space.
"People understood that this is just how it is.
"They also understood that since I've been involved there were always baby steps achieved along the way."
He said there could be a drop off zone and extra parking spaces made.
And while it has taken 20 years to achieve this, he hopes the rest of the process will be quicker.
Gladstone Regional Council and the Department of Transport will meet on August 12 to create a plan.
Boyne Tannum Local School Action Plan was created in 2002 but talks of transport safety issues date back to May 1996. Councillor Maxine Brushe was part of the original committee.
Gladstone Regional Council and Education Queensland considered realigning the school's boundaries to create space for car parks on March 2012. The sloping block made this unviable.
Opportunities for more car parking spaces at Malpas Park and Stirling Park were investigated in May 2012, but were unsuccessful.
P and C Members Anita McNamara and Alison Murdoch attended a Community Cabinet in Gladstone in 2013. They spoke with education minister at the time Paul Langbroek and Gladstone MP at the time, Liz Cunningham.
The purchase of the land was to be considered in early 2014 as part of the 2015-16 Capital Works Program.