Farnborough State School fights for a parking upgrade
UPGRADING the car parking at Farnborough State School has been a pet project for Lee-Ann Lovegrove for several years, but she may soon get to see it become a reality thanks to possible government funding.
With her own daughter Sienna attending the primary school of about 300 students, the P&C committee member said she'd seen the problem grow for parents at drop-off and pick-up time as the school had grown.
"Because of the way it is now, students have to cross the road and also are walking behind cars that are reversing out, so we need local government to provide a solution to make sure our children are safely getting to and from school," Lee-Ann said. "We want to make this a safe environment for children so they're not at risk, especially when you've got a mum with three kids trying to cross to pick up their child. So we hope to have a stop, drop and go system in place if these works go ahead."
Member for Keppel Bruce Young met with schoolchildren and their parents last week to hand out the petition, which Mr Young will present to Parliament at its next sitting from November 25-27.
Mr Young said he aimed to secure about $75,000 for the project and hoped Livingstone Shire Council would provide an additional $100,000.
"Parking is managed by local government but because it's causing an issue here, we need to address it," Mr Young said.
But we're fully behind it."
If Mr Young is successful in securing the funding, he envisaged earthworks starting in the Christmas school holidays so it wouldn't disrupt the school community.
This time frame is also dependent on whether Livingstone Shire Council is able to carry out works then.
Although there is no limit to the number of signatures required on the petition for it to be presented, Mr Young said it would be encouraging to have community support and see a broad range of signatures.
Mr Young said he didn't know how long it would take for the parking funding to come through.
However he expected a response within one month of the petition being tabled in the Parliament.
Get on board
Businesses displaying the petition for signing:
10 Ten Salon
Jacques Coastal Meats
Farnborough Country Store