Council and State Government Work Together to Improve Road Safety at Ashwell

Ashwell State School acting principal Rosie DiRosa and Year 7 students Justin Elkins and Jake Watts with

Ipswich City Council Division 10 councillor David Pahlke and State Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt.

ROAD safety has been improved at Ashwell State School with funding assistance through the State Government’s Safe School Travel (SafeST) Subsidy Scheme.

Ipswich City Council Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke said work to install a bus turnaround, passenger set-down area and pedestrian ramp outside the school on Reinke Rd had now been completed. “The project includes a ramp from the existing school gate down to a new footpath that will allow children to safely load and unload from vehicles,” Cr Pahlke said. “A kerb ramp has also been installed for disability access and the pavement improved along the front of the school.

“On the opposite side of the road, there is new kerb and channelling and the pavement has been widened to provide a parking lane.” Cr Pahlke said council had received $50,000 from the State Government in funding under the SafeST Subsidy Scheme towards the project’s total cost of $370,000. “I would like to thank the State Government for its continued funding support that assists council to construct these important road safety projects around schools in Ipswich.”

State Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt said safety works near Ashwell State School would be a welcome improvement for students, parents and staff, providing car parking and bus set-down facilities under the State Government’s Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS). “TIDS projects are generally undertaken by local councils with support from the State Government,” Mr Wendt said. “I’m very pleased to see the work on this project has now been completed as it will greatly enhance the school’s facilities and is another example of State and Local governments working together for the benefit of our school community”.

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