North Lakes park-and-walk creates safer schools & healthier families

Published 19 January 2024

Students will be safer, and traffic congestion headaches for parents will be reduced, thanks to new parking options for the Bounty Boulevard State School.

Construction is now complete on 26 indented parking bays on Mackintosh Drive, North Lakes and a new footpath connecting Mackintosh Drive to the existing school crossing on Bounty Boulevard, making parking easier at school times and walking safer through the surrounding area.

Mayor Peter Flannery said the works will prioritise reduction of traffic queuing and improvements to student safety.

“The pedestrian crossings at Aurora Boulevard and Bounty Boulevard will be the focus of our attention to help get kids and their families to and from school safely,” he said.

“We injected over half a million dollars into this project, with $128,500 in funding from the State Government's South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program (SEQCSP), to ensure our young people are safe and that walking is integrated into their days.

“Council is focused on implementing transport solutions that create more walkable and rideable communities and these works will help us on that journey.”

Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting said the Miles Government’s South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program (SEQCSP) is designed to make an immediate impact on communities.

“Our $100 million investment is a huge win for our local communities, because it more good jobs and better services,” he said.

“It’s fantastic that local families will benefit from this $128,500 injection to parking on Mackintosh Drive.”

Works took place from late 2023 in Mackintosh Drive, Mersey Street and Daintree Circuit, North Lakes and include tree planting and greening initiatives.

Cr Jodie Shipway (Division 4) said the community was at the centre of this project.

“Council has been in talks with the school community and Safe School Travel (Safe ST) during this planning process to ensure the best outcomes for the whole community,” she said.

“Our Integrated Transport Strategy outlines the steps Council will take to change how we move across Moreton Bay, including setting the direction to make walking an easy choice for everyone.

“And with strong backing from the State Government, we’ll support delivery of infrastructure projects like this that reduce congestion and keep our city moving.”

Read more about City of Moreton Bay’s Integrated Transport Strategy here: Our long-term strategies - City of Moreton Bay