Motorists on notice as council approves zone

DRIVERS will have to watch their speed around St Mary's primary school after the Southern Downs Regional Council approved the school's request to extend the school zone around the lower campus.

A school zone will be put in place on Percy St between the Palmerin and Guy St roundabouts.

Councillor Jo McNally is a member of the school's Parents and Friends committee and said it was something school staff had wanted for some time. "The reason for it being a school zone is that it is not just St Mary's in the precinct," she said.

"There is Central State School, two day cares, St Mary's and after school care.

"There is a lot of children moving around in that area."

Warwick and District Community Road Safety Group member Mark Wheeldon said it was great to see the council approve the zone.

"It absolutely should be in place," he said.

"There are a lot of schools in the area.

"Kids are always going to be kids and we need to do the best we can to put strategies in place to prevent accidents from happening.

"It is no good to wait for an accident to happen before something is put in place."

The St Mary's school zone upgrade is not the only one the council is planning. Mr Wheeldon, who is also the president of the Warwick State High School P and C, said they were in talks with the council about the safety issues surrounding the high school.

"There has been a lot of behind the scenes work with the council looking at school zoning around the school," he said.

"It is two-fold though, as we are also looking at the issue of a pedestrian crossing on Palmerin St.

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