School parking: Fight for right

By on February 10, 2014
Felicity Moore outside Virginia State School, under a parking sign. Felicity Moore outside Virginia State School.

PARENTS at Virginia and Nundah state schools are celebrating a win with improvements to parking and drop-off zones thanks to negotiations with Brisbane City Council.

At Virginia State School, Cr Kim Flesser (Northgate ward) met with a parent, Felicity Moore, to discuss the source of parking frustration for parents.

“We felt that City Council was gouging parents and issuing fines whenever they saw an opportunity where they knew parking would be stretched,” Mrs Moore (who is also a journalist) said.

“The parking is so limited around our school and on certain days, such as when it’s raining, or when there’s a sports day or special assembly, parents would be forced to park in all kinds of places,” she said. “Coincidentally, council inspectors would turn up on those days and issue fines worth thousands of dollars.

“With the support of the school principal Tim Farrell, we approached council and they asked us what we wanted,” she said.

Keep traffic flowing

The parking restrictions have been altered so that now one side of the street (opposite the school) is completely restriction free while the other side of the road has a 10-minute drop-off limit applied during 7-9am and 2-4pm.

“Parents have got just long enough to pull up, get out and walk their preppies into the school and leave quickly,” Mrs Moore said. “It’s designed to keep the traffic flowing at those peak times. During the day, when parents come to help out at school in the classroom or the tuckshop, there are no restrictions on either side of the road,” she said.

The new parking zones are on a three-month trial and will be assessed mid-year to decide if it is working as it should. Council expects work to have been completed by mid-March.

Council is also installing a pedestrian island at the top of Brickyard Road, at the Jefferis Street intersection, to help children and parents cross the busy intersection.

Doing the right thing at Nundah

Meanwhile, Nundah parents have noticed a dramatically improved flow of traffic during peak drop-off and pick-up times around their school.

Following a whole raft of changes, that have included removing 15-minute parking zones along Buckland Road and replacing them with passenger loading zones, as well as “dramatically” improved signage around the school regarding parking zones and loading zones, one parent said the improvement to traffic flow was “wonderful”.

“People are doing the right thing now because they know they can’t get away with anything. Everything is so clearly marked and there has been so much discussion that every parent is very clear on the rules now,” she said.

The school has also installed a flashing 40km/hr sign along busy Buckland Road to help slow traffic.

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  1. Rick

    February 13, 2014 at 8:58 am

    The idea of a news medium to deal with local issues and that goes into bat for the local community is a fantastic idea. Congratulations and good luck

    • Nick Moore

      February 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Thanks Rick. We’ll do our best!

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