More funding for safer roads in Birkdale
2 September 2014
Birkdale motorists will benefit from more than $800,000 worth of new safety projects as part of the next round of the $82 million Safer Roads Sooner initiative.
Member for Capalaba Steve Davies said the Safer Roads Sooner program meant a safer journey for parents travelling home to their families.
“While we currently have the lowest road toll on record, any death on our roads is a tragedy,” Mr Davies said.
“This is why we have a strong plan to improve roads and ensure a brighter future for people travelling on them.”
Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson said these projects will use cost effective, road engineering treatments that address crash hotspots.
“We are delivering $860,000 worth of safety improvement works to Birkdale Road and Mary Street intersection changes, including median closure, right-turn lane extension at Birkdale Road and Agnes Street intersection and signage works,” Mr Robinson said.
“These works are expected to begin early next year and will provide safety benefits for drivers and the community.”
Mr Emerson said the project was among 60 action items this government was delivering as part of the $350 million Road Safety Action Plan to improve safety on our roads and drive down the road toll.
The Road Safety Action Plan also includes other priorities such as $2 million a year for a community road safety fund, on-going roll out of flashing lights at more than 300 schools, safety advertising and license reforms.
Agnes Street/Napier Street Intersection Upgrade
12 June 2014
Agnes Street and Napier Street in Birkdale has undergone a $230,000 upgrade to improve motorists and pedestrian safety at the intersection.
- installed a red arrow for traffic turning right into Napier Street, completed November 2013
- installed a CCTV camera at the intersection to monitor traffic operations, completed April 2014.
- A median fence on the eastern side of the intersection was been installed to deter illegal crossing of this section of the road by pedestrians.
Boost for Prep teacher aides at Birkdale SS 2015
23 June 2014
Preppies in two state schools in Cleveland are set to benefit from an additional 62.5 Prep teacher aide hours each week in 2015.
Mark Robinson welcomed the announcement of the Newman Government’s 54 million four-year Boosting Prep for our children’s future commitment.
“The Newman Government has a strong plan for a brighter future for our youngest Queenslanders and by funding more teacher aide hours we are ensuring children have extra support to develop learning and social skills at an early age,”Dr Robinson said.
“The early years of school set the foundation for life-long learning and success, which is why the Government believes it’s vital to invest significantly in this area.
“Teacher aides play a critical role in Prep classrooms and I welcome this move on behalf of our youngest learners.”
Dr Robinson said Cleveland schools Birkdale State Schools and Thornalnds State School were among the 127 state schools across Queensland to benefit, sharing in 2,250 additional Prep teacher aide hours per week next year.
“Children in Prep classes will have greater access to teacher aides, which will help ensure improved outcomes and smooth transitions from study to training and work, all the way from crayon to career.”
Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the $54 million four-year plan had already provided significant benefits to Queensland children.
“In 2013, the first year of the initiative, 152 Prep classes in more than 100 schools benefitted from additional teacher aide hours,” Mr Langbroek said.
“This year another 2,250 hours per week were allocated to 384 Prep classes in 69 schools.
“Prep students across Queensland are already benefitting from the additional support available each day, and we’re ensuring this benefit continues throughout 2015 as well.”
Mr Langbroek said schools with the greatest need had been selected for funding, with final allocations for each school to be determined by Prep enrolments at the start of the 2015 school year.
“As the son of a teacher aide I am well aware of the significant investment of time and energy they put into helping their students, and I understand the importance of ensuring proper funding to ensure teaches aides can continue to help Queensland children learn and grow,” he said.