Glenvale State School parents were furious to see council staff out in the rain issuing parking warnings while they rushed to pick up their children from school this week.
Member for Toowoomba South David Janetzki MP said traffic congestion had reached peak levels at the Glenvale Road school where there was less than 55 car parks for almost 800 students.
“There are about 100 Prep students whose parents are required to park and walk them in and out of the school gate,” Mr Janetzki said.
“Yesterday in Parliament I called on the Education Minister to provide funding for this important community safety issue. The government can’t keep ignoring the growth and facilities needed in our western suburbs,” he said.
Mother-of-four Melissa Greensill said she was livid when she saw parking inspectors standing in the rain handing out what she initially thought were parking fines on Tuesday afternoon.
“About 200 parents park in a paddock across the road from the school but the recent rain has turned it into a mud pit so there was an extra 200 cars circling the school this week,” Mrs Greensill said.
“On Tuesday afternoon it was raining and parents were parking anywhere they could to get their children - it was frantic - and to see the warnings was the last straw for me,” she said.
School pick-up and drop-offs are particularly congested at Glenvale State School because there is only one entrance to the school, an inadequate pick-up/drop-off zone, no connecting footpaths for children to safely walk to school, and it is a major road clocking more than 2200 vehicle movements per day.
Mrs Greensill and Mr Janetzki have been working together to highlight the need for additional car parking before a child is seriously injured or killed.
Last year, Mrs Greensill collected almost 400 signatures for a petition which Mr Janetzki presented to the state government.
During the November state election campaign, Mr Janetzki was able to secure a $500,000 funding commitment from an LNP government while the Labor candidate for Toowoomba South Susan Krause told media that the Labor government had also been “working on a solution”.
However, when Mr Janetzki’s office wrote to the Minister last month to question this “solution”, no response was received.
“I promise to keep fighting to make sure Glenvale residents get their fair share,” Mr Janetzki said.
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