Safer walk and ride to school for Pialba students

A NEW pedestrian crossing is being installed to help students get to and from the Pialba State School and Hervey Bay High School.

Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor Darren Everard (left) and Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari (right) check out the new pedestrian crossing in Pialba with Hervey Bay High School’s 2022 student leaders. PHOTO: Supplied.

The project will see a raised crossing in Watson Street.

The $437,000 project forms part of the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Active Travel Strategy which aims to improve the safety of pedestrians as they move around the region.

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It’s partly funded by the Queensland Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants program.

Mayor George Seymour said getting people out of their vehicles is an important part of the strategy.

Cr Seymour said this would help reduce the region’s carbon footprint while also improving the health of residents.

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The project includes replacing the existing paved footpath along Beach Road from Watson Street to the Esplanade with a 2.5m concrete path and a raised concrete priority crossing over Watson Street.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said investing in bike-rising projects would was delivering positive benefits for local communities.

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“We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in bike-riding infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion, and lower transport costs,” Mr Bailey said.

Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari MP said it was important that the local community embraces active transport options like cycling to move around our great environment as Hervey Bay continues to grow. 

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“I am pleased programs like the Queensland Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program are making Hervey Bay safer and more accessible to pedestrians,” Mr Tantari said.

“This project will improve the liveability of Hervey Bay and surrounds whilst providing an outlet for people to keep fit and healthy and enjoy our great region.” 

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