A campaign to provide safe bus stops for school children and the elderly in the residential area of Burnett Heads has been successful.
New bus shelters have now been installed at Sea Park Road and Campbell Street.
Burnett Heads Progress and Sports Association president Chris McLoughlin said the construction of the bus stops showed the value of the local association working with all levels of government to achieve great results for the community.
“Our local children had been sitting in the gutters and elderly residents standing in the sun and rain as they waited for the bus,” Mr McLoughlin said.
“It was great to have the formalised stops completed a few years ago, but these shelters are fantastic additions which will make our bus stops safer for all residents who use them.
“I would particularly like to thank Sharon Jackson, who led the way on this project while she was on our committee, and to Cr Scott Rowleson for his support in securing the funding.”
Ms Jackson, with assistance from the Burnett Heads Progress and Sports Association, led the original effort for upgrades back in 2014 and organised a petition which was hosted by State Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett MP.
Petition proved successful
The aim was to improve sites that saw high bus stop use, that didn't have covers or formalised stops, along the bus route in the residential area.
The petition proved successful, with Bundaberg Regional Council constructing three sites at Sea Park Rd, Shell St and Campbell St.
These sites were upgraded with concrete a standing area and J-pole.
Towards the end of last year divisional councillor Scott Rowleson was able to secure funding out of Council's budget to complete two of these stops at Campbell St and Sea Park Rd.
Cr Rowleson expects the third site at Shell St to also be completed in due course.
Cr Scott Rowleson said he was delighted to see these stops being covered and said he would continue to work with the community to see more projects like this completed.