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Queensland Rail share rail safety message

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Woongarra State School students participated in the Queensland Rail safety sessions. Photo: contributed.

Queensland Rail is educating students about rail safety as part of a regional tour visiting four schools in the Bundaberg Region last week. 

Queensland Rail Head of Regional Scott Cornish said over 4000 students across the Central Queensland and Wide Bay Burnett areas took part in the rail safety sessions, which were focused on positively influencing young people’s behaviour around trains and tracks.

“Safety is our number one priority at Queensland Rail and we want to prevent any injuries on the rail network,” Scott said.

“In an effort to curb unsafe behaviour we’re engaging the youth of the community to warn them of the dangers of interfering with the rail corridor.”

Woongarra State School, Bundaberg Christian College, Thabeban State School and Gooburrum State School took part in the education program.

“After a successful education blitz across Far North Queensland, with thousands of students in attendance, the team visited Bundaberg last week,” he said.

“Bundaberg and Gladstone are home to some of our most iconic rail services including the Tilt Trains, with the Spirit of Queensland and Spirit of the Outback also passing through, and we want to make sure everyone, both onboard and in the community, is going home safe every day.

“Our message is clear  – rail networks are not playgrounds.

“Trains on our network can travel up to 160 kilometres per hour and can’t stop quickly or swerve to avoid a collision.

“When you are around train tracks you need to be mindful of the signs and signals in place to keep you safe.”

Scott said since the start of the 2023 school year, the Queensland Rail Community Education team had presented to over 50,000 students and youth at early education, primary, secondary, and non-mainstream education schools and centres.

“The team has also been engaging community groups and other organisations who wish to share knowledge on how to safely navigate the rail network with their members.”

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