Safety upgrades for Coolum students

Dan with P&C representatives Stephanie Hartas and Clare Bates-Pay with Principal Anthony Ryan

Significant work to improve safety and reduce congestion at Coolum State School are about to get underway, with a new Stop Drop and Go area on School Road that will be located further away from the intersection with Yandina Coolum Road.

Ninderry MP Dan Purdie welcomed the news, which he said was another critical piece of the puzzle to bust congestion and improve safety amidst the rapidly growing local population.

He praised the efforts of Coolum State School Principal Anthony Ryan, who has been working with the school’s SafeST committee, Council and TMR to upgrade the drop off area as part of the school’s new Masterplan that will eventually deliver a new building, 12 new classrooms and a new tuckshop.

The new drop off area will be located further down School Road to avoid cars trailing back on the roundabout during peak periods, along with 10 new parking spaces.

The work will be done by Council during the upcoming Easter school holidays and has been funded by a $56,500 grant as part of the state’s School Transport Infrastructure Program (STIP).

Mr Ryan said it was a very exciting time for the school, following years of advocacy across all levels of government.

“I am grateful for all the hard work of our SafeSt committee, the P&C and the community who’ve been working together on this plan for some time,” Mr Ryan said.

“This is the first stage of implementing our new Masterplan which will see all our flood-prone demountables replaced with a brand new building that will accommodate a new admin, tuckshop and 12 classrooms.”

He said the work will also complement the upgrades to the intersection with Yandina Coolum Road, which will see the roundabout replaced with a signalled intersection to better accommodate pedestrians and active transport.

Further information about the planned works on School Road, which will involve minimal traffic disruption, will be made available by Council in coming weeks.

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