A troublesome intersection in North Rockhampton is now safer thanks to funding from the Federal Government’s Blackspots Programme.
Capricornia MP, Michelle Landry, said the project, valued at over $218,000, was vital to keep young pedestrians safe.
“Being so close to North Rockhampton State High School makes this intersection something of a major thoroughfare on schooldays for students as they arrive in the morning and leave school in the afternoon.
“With no crossing options nearby, many students take risks to get home across busy Berserker Street, this has obvious hazards for local motorists and pedestrians alike.
“There have been a number of incidents and near misses over the years and it is clear something needed to be done.
“That’s why the Blackspots programme is so useful; it provides full funding for safety improvements that quite often Councils just can’t justify on their own.” Ms Landry said.
Rockhampton Region Councillor, Neil Fisher, said the upgrades to the Simpson Street intersection came on the back of concerted community advocacy.
“This is such a positive thing to see after the school and students had lobbied various levels of government for the funding.
“Council is particularly pleased to have been able to deliver this project as part of the Federal Government’s Blackspot programme because not only do we get a safer intersection, the ratepayers of Rockhampton aren’t forced to foot the bill.” Mr Fisher said.
“I am thrilled to know our kids will be that much safer now and into the future thanks to these traffic lights.”