September 14, 2018
Nanango’s schools will all be a little bit safer soon, thanks to the Heritage Nanango Community Fund (HNCF) and the South Burnett Regional Council.
And motorists will have an extra chance to avoid a speeding ticket when they drive past any of them during school terms.
Within days, motorists approaching all three schools – Nanango State School in Drayton Street, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Alfred Street and Nanango State High School in Elk Street – will see large school zone markings on approach roads to warn them they need to slow down.
The markings have been instigated and paid for by HNCF as part of its drive to make Nanango a safer place to live.
HNCF already funds an annual safe driving course for students attending Nanango State High.
They have also sponsored free seminars for drivers led by local police, and helped install a CCTV system in Nanango’s CBD that began operating in late June.
The road markings are another safety project aimed at avoiding accidents and protecting the town’s youth.
HNCF chairman Wendy Zerbst said the idea of the road markings came from seeing them outside Kumbia State School.
Kumbia’s school is located on the Bunya Highway, and motorists ignoring traditional school zone signposts had been a long-standing problem.
Last December, two large school zone signs were painted across the highway with permission from the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
The Kumbia road signs were the first of their type in the South Burnett, but they appear to have had a positive effect.
While none of Nanango’s schools is located on a highway, they are all located on busy local roads.
So HNCF approached the South Burnett Regional Council to seek their permission to paint eight school zone signs on the approaches to the three schools.
The Council agreed and arranged TradeMark Linemarking PL to carry out the work, with HNCF picking up the cost.
Road approaches to St Patrick’s Primary School were completed last week, and on Thursday the roads around Nanango State High School received attention.
The final signs will be painted around Nanango State School either on Friday or early next week.
Wendy said HNCF were very pleased with the end result, and thanked both the Council and TradeMark Linemarking for their help.
“We can only do these types of projects because of the support we receive for our Heritage community branch in Nanango,” Wendy said.
“So the credit for this really belongs to our branch’s customers.
“The more people who bank with us, the more we can do. ”