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Strong chance of flashing school zone signs at St Helens

MARYBOROUGH MP Anne Maddern believes there is a strong chance of securing funding for flashing school zone signs at St Helens State School but says other upgrades such as traffic lights are too expensive to consider in the short term.

Parents have been campaigning for a safer way to exit the school for months and have formed a car park committee.

Mum Laura Brennan wrote to Mrs Maddern and the Fraser Coast Regional Council after she was in a serious crash while trying to turn on to Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd from the school last month.

Ms Maddern said she notified the Department of Transport and Main Roads of the crash and notified the department again after Mrs Brennan's letter.

"I keep raising the issue," she said. "I'm very conscious of it."

Parents put in a petition earlier this year to secure signs that flash during school zone hours.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson is considering which schools will get sign funding this financial year, but has said St Helens would be considered favourably.

"We have received strong representation by the Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern requesting flashing lights be installed at St Helens State School," a minister's representative said.

Mrs Maddern said ultimately, traffic lights or slip lanes should be installed at the school, but added they were long-term expensive solutions.

Topics:  anne maddern, flashing lights, maryborough, school zone, st helens



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