Virginia State School helps cut car trips

By on March 3, 2014

VIRGINIA State School is one of almost 30 schools in the northern suburbs of Brisbane who are helping to cut traffic on the roads and improve children’s health, through the Active School Travel program.

Tim Farrell, principal at Virgina State School, BrisbaneThe school’s principal is Mr Tim Farrell (pictured).

Brisbane City Council said the Active School Travel program had reduced the number of car trips and boosted walking trips. In addition, it was helping Brisbane school students learn about the benefits of walking, cycling, carpooling and scootering to school.

“The Active School Travel program is about reducing the amount of traffic around schools, encouraging a cleaner environment and creating a more social school community, by having students and teachers actively travel to school,” council said.

“Schools who participated in last year’s program achieved an overall average of a 17 per cent reduction in car trips and an 11 per cent increase in walking trips.

“We received similarly good results in 2012, with an 18 per cent reduction in car trips and a 14 per cent increase in walking trips.

“These results demonstrate our school communities understand the value in promoting sustainable travel modes, which contributes to my vision of Brisbane being Australia’s cleanest and greenest city.”

According to council, the other northside schools in the AST program were:

  • St Columba’s School, Wilston
  • Milton State School
  • Bardon State School
  • Aspley State School
  • Mitchelton State School
  • St Margaret’s School, Hamilton
  • Queen of Apostles School, Stafford Heights
  • Geebung State School
  • Somerset Hills State School
  • Our Lady of the Assumption School, Enoggera
  • Everton Park State School
  • Enoggera State School
  • Newmarket State School
  • St Kevin’s School, Geebung
  • Nundah State School
  • Nashville State School
  • Boondall State School
  • Sandgate State School
  • Our Lady Help of Christians School, Hendra
  • St Pius School, Banyo
  • St Joseph’s School, Bardon
  • Norris Road State School
  • Taigum State School
  • Kelvin Grove State College (Junior)
  • Oakleigh State School


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  1. Tanya Penrose

    March 3, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Nick, great article. I’m happy to let you know Kedron State School is also involved in the program. We love it!

    • Nick Moore

      March 3, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks Tanya. Actually, this article was written by Felicity (I forgot to change the setting!). The list was provided by council, and it also didn’t include Virginia! We will have to get back to them.

    • Nick Moore

      March 7, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Hi Tanya, here is the reply from Brisbane City Council … “The Active School Travel (AST) program is a three-year program. Kedron and Virginia State Schools joined the AST program in 2010 and completed their three years working directly with their Council AST Officer at the end of 2012. Council is aware students at both schools are still actively travelling.”

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