Petitions | Brisbane City Council

Ipswich Road School Zone for Junction Park State School

Principal Petitioner Ilithyia Bone, Moorooka
Date Closed Sun, 13 May 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 134 signatures

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Students at Junction Park State School take on Brisbane's most dangerous traffic when they cross Ipswich Road on the way to or from school each day. The Annerley strip is the most accident-prone in the city, with cars regularly speeding, running red lights and failing to pay attention to pedestrians and other vehicles. We want our kids to walk to school but not if it means risking their lives.

Your petitioners therefore request that Brisbane City Council (BCC) install a school zone, including road markings and a 40 km/h speed limit, on Ipswich Road near the school. This will complement the school zone that has just been approved for the Mary Immaculate School further along Ipswich Road, and follows a precedent set by BCC when it installed a school zone near the corner of Logan and Klumpp Roads for a school that does not immediately face the main road, in recognition of the significant difference a reduction in speed and appropriate signage make to student safety.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting Council install a school zone on Ipswich Road, Annerley, for Junction Park State School.

Council installs school zones across Brisbane in accordance with guidelines set by the Queensland Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR). Under these guidelines, school zones are only permitted on roads to which the school has a direct frontage, the school is readily visible from the road, and there is a primary access to the school which is used as a main student entry point. These zones provide a signed 40 km/h speed limit each school day from 7am to 9am and from 2pm to 4pm and help to raise awareness of motorists to the presence of children and to drive with care.

Junction Park State School has a school zone along the Waldheim Street frontage and the Gowrie Street frontage to their campus. There are also supervised pedestrian crossings on both streets. Council officers are liaising with TMR for approval to extend the hours of operation of the Gowrie Street school zone to be 7am to 4pm which would also permit the installation of enhanced school zone signage between the school campus and the prep facility on Gowrie Street.

Your feedback about other school zones in the area has been noted. These other locations differ from Junction Park State School in that the schools have direct frontage to the roads where the school zones have been applied and, as such, meet the guidelines outlined by TMR. As the petitioners’ request does not meet TMR guidelines for a school zone, it is unable to be supported.

Concerns about students crossing Ipswich Road have been previously raised with Council and as a result, signal timing of the pedestrian phases were reviewed and optimised for the intersection of Waldheim Street, Ipswich Road and Annerley Road in late 2017.

In June 2014, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk established the independent Brisbane Parking Taskforce (the Taskforce) to advise Council how to respond to parking issues and to best manage on-street parking in the future. The Taskforce included representatives from RACQ, P&Cs Queensland, National Retail Association, Multicap, Taxi Council Queensland, Transport Workers Union, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, Parking Australia and Council’s Transport for Brisbane, who reviewed more than 1,100 submissions from residents, schools and businesses.

In response to many school traffic and parking related issues contained in submissions, the Taskforce recommended that all Brisbane schools develop and implement their own traffic and parking management plan using a template prepared by Council. Using Council’s School Traffic Management Plans (TMP) template offers the benefit of establishing a more consistent approach to parking and traffic management across Brisbane schools, while allowing flexibility for schools to address specific local challenges.

Junction Park State School has completed a TMP and Council officers will continue to work with the school to make safety improvements where possible.

Thank you for raising this matter.