Councillor James Hansen, Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern with parents of St Helens State School students Kelly Scougall and Belinda Miller with petitons for flashing lights in the school zone.
Councillor James Hansen, Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern with parents of St Helens State School students Kelly Scougall and Belinda Miller with petitons for flashing lights in the school zone. Robyne Cuerel

Call for safer road access near St Helens State School

PARENTS who face a dangerous gamble every day attempting to get in and out of the St Helens State School car park are now campaigning to install flashing lights on the school zone signs.

Mum Belinda Miller said it was a guessing game each day to try to exit the car park on the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd, with motorists often overlooking the signs or not letting drivers out of the car park.

A petition to install lights that flash while a school zone is active has already gained 420 signatures.

Both parents and Maryborough MP Anne Maddern have called for the support of the community on the petition to help secure the funding for the lights.

Mrs Maddern said the State Government had already allocated a set amount of funding to installing flashing lights on school zone signs around Queensland.

She said the petition, which must be signed by May 31, would prove to the government Maryborough should be allocated some of the funding.

Fraser Coast Councillor James Hansen said the council also supported the petition and had plans in place to begin repairing the school's carpark.

"We are working towards it," he said.

Are there ways the traffic flow could be improved around your school? Click here to tell us Your Story and attach a photo of the peak drop-off or pick-up time.



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