Elliott Heads State School families will have a safer pick up and drop off thanks to Bundaberg Regional Council completing upgrades of its parking area and footpaths.
Work will soon be complete to the pathway project, which has provided a wider concrete path to two areas of the coastal town.
Divisional Representative Cr Tanya McLoughlin said work on the school area, as well as another project of a new section of pathway on Breusch Road, were welcome additions to the Elliott Heads community.
“Both of these areas were assessed and deemed a high priority due to the increased foot traffic experienced along the busy stretch of road,” she said.
“The Breusch Street section of pathway began in November last year and once completed, was followed on by construction to footpath at Elliott Heads State School.
“This section of path is expected to be finalised in the coming weeks.”
Cr McLoughlin said work was also undertaken to the school parking area, providing a safer environment at pick up and drop off times.
“We have placed wheel stops at the carparks which ensures the safety of the students who are coming along the pathway,” she said.
“The pathway also connects from the parking area right up to the entryway, giving students a clear line of safety to and from the school.”
Cr McLoughlin said as the coastal communities grow it was important to provide a safe pathway network to encourage people to live healthy and active lifestyles while connecting them to community facilities and each other.
“I’m particularly pleased to see the work completed at Elliott Heads State School as this will make the school pick up and drop off zone much safer which has become more off an issue as more traffic uses the road out the front of the school,” she said.
Elliott Heads State School principal Nichola Lister said Council had worked closely with her to address safety concerns about the lack of concrete footpath in the area.
“I am really appreciative of the fact that once safety concerns were raised with Council, within about 18 months the area has been upgraded,” she said.
“The footpath has been very beneficial in the fact that it is a lot safer for the students to walk to and from the carpark area.
“It looks fantastic too.”
The Elliott Heads School SafeST project is being delivered in partnership with Bundaberg Regional Council and the Queensland Government.
The Elliott Heads footpath on Breusch Road is funded as part of the Queensland Government Works for Queensland program.
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