Parents Ask For Safe Kiss and Go Area For Scholars Drive

Parents Ask For Safe Kiss and Go Area For Scholars Drive

Hi all,

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.

Kind regards,

Christian Dickson


9 November 2018

Attn: Department of Education and Training

Via email: northcoastregion@det.qld.gov.au

Dear Sir/Madam

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.

Yours sincerely,

Cr Christian Dickson

 

Campaign to upgrade Scholars Drive ramps up

Campaign to upgrade Scholars Drive ramps up

Friday 19th October 2018

Mickelberg’s campaign to upgrade Scholars Drive ramps up: Premier needs to stump up

Yesterday in State Parliament Member for Buderim Brent Mickelberg again called on the Premier to put her money where her mouth is and fund Scholars Drive.

Mr Mickelberg tabled a petition to the Labor State Government and called on Premier Palaszczuk to: work with the Sippy Downs and Chancellor State College community; stump up the cash to fix Scholars Drive congestion; and prevent the unthinkable from happening before it is too late.

“As I reminded her yesterday, the Premier said on the 15th of May this year: ‘I always say that government works best when all levels of government work together.’ I couldn’t agree more Premier,” Mr Mickelberg said.

“Last week I stood beside Sunshine Coast Councillor Christian Dickson when he announced Council’s $200,000 investment to upgrade Scholars Drive and now I call on Premier Palaszczuk to step up.

“I urge the Premier to prove she meant what she said and work with the Sunshine Coast Council to fix the problem that is Scholars Drive and release the Sippy Downs community from their daily nightmare.

“It was a Labor Government that built a large school on a dead-end street and it’s time Premier Palaszczuk stumped up the money to fix the congestion caused by Labor’s own poor planning decisions.

“This is a great opportunity for Premier Palaszczuk to show the people of Sippy Downs that politics can be put aside when the safety of our kids is at stake. Scholars Drive is a disaster waiting to happen and Sippy Downs residents deserve better,”. Mr Mickelberg said.

“I will not stop fighting until Labor accept their part of this mess and fix Scholars Drive. The LNP committed $1 million dollars to a solution if elected to Government so why can’t Labor?

[ENDS] Media Contact: Cherie Beaumont-Tyson 0431 484 570

Scholars Drive Primary School Parking & Traffic Issues – 21 March 17

Scholars Drive Primary School Parking & Traffic Issues – 21 March 17

Following a lot of conjecture in the community about what is happening in relation to traffic & parking at Chancellor State Primary School (in Scholars Dr, Sippy Downs) and the overflow parking issues that plague the local community at pick up times for students, we arranged an interview with (Councillor) Cr Christian Dickson to see where he is at in delivering much needed solutions.

We urge all members of the community who may be affected by parking and traffic problems to watch this interview to ensure you are up to date with the current progress and fully aware of potential issues and possible action that may need to be taken to deliver real solutions.

As discussed in the interview we will present a progress update in a few weeks.

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