Good morning all,
Please see the attached incoming and outgoing correspondence relating to pickup and drop-off facilities and improvements at Chancellor State College.
Safe school travel (SafeST) program
The safety of students travelling to and from school is one of the most important issues for school communities. One way this is achieved is by providing the safest possible journey to and from Queensland schools. The Department of Transport and Main Roads supports safe school travel with the SafeST program and resources.
Addressing school safety issues
Establishing a SafeST Committee is the first step in identifying and addressing school safety concerns. The SafeST Committee will develop a school road safety action plan for implementing strategies and solutions.
Ideally an action plan would outline:
- what the school is planning to do to improve road safety
- how it expects road safety will improve
- how the school will monitor and evaluate the success of the plan
- when it will be done
- who is responsible for making it happen.
School road safety is a matter that requires whole of community awareness and commitment. Improving the safety of school travel for all children relies on the involvement and engagement of schools (including parents associations), local government and state authorities such as Education Queensland, Queensland Police Service, TMR and TransLink and/or bus operators as required.
Our campaign to seek State Government assistance in rectifying school related traffic and parking issues on Scholars Drive has again ramped up with requests made to provide parents with a safe pickup and drop-off area for students.
The current school bus zone outside Chancellor Primary is of interest to parents in terms of creating a potential shared zone in accommodating this space as a kiss and go area.
After becoming aware of these concerns last night, I have immediately written to the Government seeking their assistance in providing their school facility with better outcomes for parents here in Sippy Downs.
Please see the attached letter which outlines concerns raised on behalf of parents.
9 November 2018
Attn: Department of Education and Training
Via email: email@example.com
Re: Pick up and drop off area at Chancellor State College – Primary Campus
I write to request the Department of Education consider ways to improve traffic flow and improve safety at the Chancellor State College Primary Campus in Scholars Drive, Sippy Downs.
I recently provided feedback to the Department of Housing and Public Works in regard to their proposal to expand the school. My feedback suggested options on how to improve road infrastructure around the College due to the lack of parking and extreme traffic congestion faced by the school community, particularly over the last few years.
I am highly concerned about any expansion of the College which does not address the already insufficient road infrastructure to cater for such a high traffic generator all within a cul-de-sac. I am aware of parents/care givers queuing for up to 40 minutes in Scholars Drive in the afternoon school traffic.
In early 2017, parents of the school initially requested that I seek to have a pick up and drop off facility installed on Scholars Drive to help ease the traffic congestion. I arranged for Council’s Traffic Engagement Officer to meet with the School Principal to discuss the idea. At the time the Principal indicated that he was supportive of council’s suggestion to convert two of the three bus bays into a pick up and drop off facility as only 50 students were using the bus transport. With due consideration of buses, we thought the pick-up/drop of zone may work with signage indicating that it would only be operational during certain times of the morning and afternoon on school days.
Council officer’s approached the TransLink Division of the Department of Transport and Main Roads and were referred to the Operations Manager of BusLink. BusLink advised that they were not in favour of the removal of any bus bays due to the need to ensure these bays were available for the buses that arrive in the afternoon – two at 3.10pm and three that arrive at 3.52pm. These buses meet and transfer students to other buses for their final destination.
From the information provided to my office, I am told it is not possible to use the bus bays, my personal belief is that the government should try and accommodate the needs of parents in respect to picking up and dropping off their children and I would encourage you to urgently revisit a possible location for the installation of a pickup and drop off facility at Chancellor State College (Primary), particularly as part of the proposed development work as the safety of students is paramount.
Cr Christian Dickson
Got questions about Local Issues, Development or anything at all? We have answers!
Sippy Downs and District Community Association (SDDCA) volunteers are offering residents the chance to receive a local area update whilst enjoying a complimentary sausage sizzle, outside Coles at Sippy Downs on Saturday 10 November from 9am to 2pm.
The Association will provide information on current matters of interest including:
- Restoration of University Way Fence
- Sippy Downs Drive Upgrade
- Bruce Highway upgrade timelines
- Proposed Community Facilities Precinct
- Community Land proposed for Library
- Sippy Downs Town Centre
- Proposed Sippy Downs Community Club by Nambour RSL
- Scholars Drive Update
Representatives from Innovative Planning Solutions will also be on hand to show maps and plans of the proposed Community Facilities Precinct on Peter Crosby Way and Cr Christian Dickson will be in attendance from 9 till 10am.
For updates and contact regarding this event please visit our Facebook Page Event
For those who have been following the creation of the Sippy Downs Parks Masterplan, there were a number of fantastic outcomes for the community to be delivered as a result of the plan.
Some of these new upgrades for our area include playgrounds, shade sails, a new dog park, basketball courts and additional footpaths. These are just a few examples of the awesome new things coming to Sippy Downs. For a comprehensive understanding of the document please head over to https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Council/Planning-and-Projects/Council-Plans/Sippy-Downs-Parks-Master-Plan
I am jumping right in and delivering some great new footpaths to fill the missing links towards the ends of both Albany Street and Fitzwilliam Drive here in Sippy Downs. These new footpaths are fully funded and will be in place before the end of November 2018. Please see a copy of the project news releases below which detail the works occurring soon.
I’m really excited to be delivering on the promises I make to the local community and I’m extremely passionate about making our area a place we can be proud of.