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School Road Safety Guide Launch


Local school children are set to be safer in school zones following Redland City Mayor Karen Williams’s launch of the No Excuses School Road Safety Guide at Redland Bay State School today.

Left to right Year 1: Eva Warrender, Scarlett Jones, Liam Coenen, Harley Burridge, Liliana Fish, Sophie Winter, Jayce Caruana, Lexie Desmarais, Kai Rudken; Year 6: Regan George, Riley Atkinson, Harry Hammond, Emily Reisenweber

Cr Williams said the No Excuses Guide, produced by Redland City Council with a Community Road Safety Grant for the Queensland Government, highlighted the most common road safety issues experienced around schools.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our children, wherever they are. And this event, led by Redland Bay State School captains and with participation and performances by many children, put our precious kids in firm focus,” Cr Williams said.

“We all live in a world where the pace of life seems to be constantly increasing. There is so much to fit into each day that it’s easy to miss that ‘40’ sign when approaching a school zone and tempting to stay that little bit longer in a two-minute zone waiting for our children to arrive.

“That’s why the No Excuses guide has been developed as a resource for schools, to help empower them to undertake tangible and practical actions to address their individual circumstances.”

Left to Right Constable Ben Clinch, Qld Police; Sophie Winter, Redland Bay State School; Kai Rudken Redland Bay State School; Karen Williams Mayor of Redland City.

Mayor Williams said the No Excuses guide would be distributed to all Redland schools follow the launch event, also attended by Mr Don Brown, Member for Capalaba, representing Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey and a number of Redland school principals.

“I understand the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads is keen to use this guide as a model to be rolled out throughout Queensland schools following the Redlands introduction,” Cr Williams said.

“From a Redland City perspective, the project reflects Council’s broader commitment to transport. Work has also begun on a transport strategy, to identify and move towards addressing the issues that our residents and commuters face in getting from A to B in a timely and safe manner.”

Get in early for this year’s Mayoral Prayer Breakfast


Redlanders are being encouraged to help make a difference to the lives of local families by attending this year’s Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast on Friday 26 August at the Redlands Sporting Club.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said tickets for the popular event would go on sale Monday (18 July) with proceeds supporting local school chaplains.

“Since it began locally in 2003 this event has raised more than $100,000 for state school chaplaincy programs in the Redlands, which in turn support local families,” Cr Williams said.

“This year’s event will feature guest speaker Dr Ron Neller, an academic, scientist, researcher, writer, speaker and Christian who will speak about how both science and religion can co-exist in a person’s life.

“Born into a dysfunctional family, Dr Neller sought education as a means of escape, leading to him studying how catastrophic floods can change the landscape and how human processes interact with natural processes.

“Finding religion later in life, Dr Neller says his religious beliefs gave his scientific research greater clarity, enabling him to speak at local churches about the Bible’s history regarding origins and the Flood of Noah, and his faith in Christ.

“A much sought after speaker, Dr Neller’s experience will offer attendees plenty of food for thought so I encourage local business and community leaders to come along.”

Cr Williams said she had seen first-hand how the annual Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast had changed the lives of local youth.

“School chaplaincy programs have the potential to change lives, providing guidance and helping local students fulfill their potential,” she said.

“This event is a great opportunity for us to make a positive difference in the lives of students, schools and our community.

“In past years tickets have sold out so anyone wanting to attend should get in quick to secure a spot.”

2016 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast event details:

When: Friday 26 August 2016 6:45am arrival for a 7am start until 8:45am

Where: Upstairs at the Redlands Sporting Club

Anson Road, Wellington Point

Tickets are on sale from Monday 18 July until sold out for $55 each or $500 for a table of 10.

They are available online here, by calling 3829 8131 or you can pick them up in person from the RPAC box office, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland.

Council projects improve safety at local schools


School drop-offs and pick-ups will be made safer at four local schools thanks to more than $210,000 in Redland City Council projects.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Cr Alan Beard said the projects were part of Council’s commitment to community safety and were jointly funded by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

“Schools are often a scene of a high amount of traffic, particularly during morning drop-offs and afternoon pick-ups; so these projects are great news as they will improve safety for students, parents, staff and the wider community,” he said.

Council community wellbeing spokesperson Cr Wendy Boglary said the first of the School Safe projects was currently under construction at Star of the Sea School in Cleveland, with three other projects to be completed by the end of the year.

“During the current school holidays Council is constructing 270 metres of new path on Passage Street and Queen Street to improve accessibility for children and parents at the Star of the Sea School. Work is expected to be completed by mid October.

“Three more projects will then be constructed at other schools during the Christmas school holidays as part of a program of works.”

The future projects are a new 220 metre path along Vintage Drive and crossing point for Bayview State School, a 330 metre path along Syracuse Street and Caswell Street near Redland Bay State School and an upgrade of signage and road/path markings for Birkdale South State School.

Cr Boglary said works had been timed to lessen the impact on schools and the community.

“By undertaking construction during school holidays Council is avoiding major disruptions and safety concerns related to school traffic,” Cr Boglary said.