Flagstone State School to get two new crossing supervisors

SAFETY FIRST: Flagstone State School's new crossing supervisors will work on Homestead Drive and Coachwood Drive.
SAFETY FIRST: Flagstone State School's new crossing supervisors will work on Homestead Drive and Coachwood Drive.

TWO new crossing supervisors will be appointed to Flagstone State School under a $4.2 million expansion of the state government's school crossing program.

Jordan MP Charis Mullen said the new supervisors would join the other 1952 crossing supervisors currently funded by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

She said the supervisors would work on Homestead Drive and Coachwood Drive.

"I have worked closely with Principal Roz Clay, the school P and C and the TMR Road Safety Team on looking at safety improvements particularly with the growth in both pedestrian and vehicle traffic around the school," she said.

"It's great to see that the strong advocacy of our school community has paid off."

Fifty new supervisors will be employed by the Queensland Government across the state in the next two years under the expansion of the school crossing program.

"Our crossing supervisors do a tremendous job keeping children safe as they travel to and from school," Ms Mullen said.

"(These) new supervisors will not only improve students' safety at schools but also help motorists passing through the area by reducing delays."

Transport Minister Mark Bailey said the provision of supervised school crossings was a partnership between the Queensland government, local councils and the school communities.

"We work closely with each school community and local council in planning each supervised crossing to best meet the road safety needs of the school," he said.

Mr Bailey said while the trained supervisors played an important role, everyone still had a role to play in keeping children safe around schools.

"Always remain cautious and vigilant when driving through school zones as children can be unpredictable," Mr Bailey said.

"The responsibility to protect our children's safety doesn't only rest with our crossing supervisors - road safety is everyone's responsibility."

The schools chosen to receive new supervisors were selected from a state-wide list for funding, where they were prioritised based on risk.

The new supervisors are expected to start in Term 4.

Flagstone State School P and C will also receive $1393 under the government's annual Community Road Safety Grants.

Ms Mullen said the grant would help the school to address road safety issues at a grass-roots level through education initiatives, projects and other community-based programs.

Flagstone State School will use the funding for officers from Queensland Police Service to speak with students about road safety.

A competition will be held for students to design a pedestrian safety banner.

Winning designs from each year level will be made into banners displayed on the school fence at the school entrances as a reminder to students and road users to be safe around the school.