Kin Kora school to get better crossing under LNP
KIN KORA Primary School will be among the first in the state to benefit from a roll-out of flashing lights if the LNP is re-elected.
But there was no mention of Gladstone school Star of the Sea, which has previously been cited as a dangerous area where cars don't slow down around school times.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson was in Gladstone on Tuesday to announce the election promise that would result in 900 schools benefitting from flashing lights and 80 school crossing inspectors.
"We started rolling out flashing school lights to 300 schools in 2012 and we are on track to meet our target by mid-2015 - a year ahead of schedule," he said.
Mr Emerson said schools receiving new supervisors and flashing lights would be selected based on community feedback and a detailed risk analysis, with priority given to schools with a significant crash history, a high level of vehicle and pedestrian traffic, higher speed limits and visibility problems.
He said Kin Kora State School was located on a long, straight stretch of Sun Valley Rd where people drove too fast.
"The school lights are proven to help increase the safety," he said.
LNP candidate Michael Duggan said with 900 schools across the state, Gladstone would be sure to benefit further.
There was no mention of Star of the Sea school on Goondoon St, which has previously been cited in the Observer as one area that has locals concerned in Gladstone.
One crossing supervisor said the 40kmh sign was concealed behind a tree.
"There are no markings on the road, no flashing signs," she said.
"People definitely aren't slowing down, because there is just very little indication that it's a school zone at all."