Mayor Bob Manning has welcomed this morning’s long-awaited opening of the new carpark at Caravonica State School.
Resulting from a partnership between Council, developer Botanica Property Group and the Queensland Government, the carpark will improve safety for students attending the school.
Until now, students being dropped at the school had to cross Kamerunga Road to get to the gate.
“Over time, this road has become a major thoroughfare, and it will only get busier in the years to come,” Cr Manning said.
“The need for students to cross this road to get to the school gate had become a genuine concern for parents, teachers and for Council.”
When Botanica Property Group – which owns the land on which the carpark has been built – approached Council with plans for a major residential development project, Council took the opportunity to put forward a plan of its own.
“It was Cr Jessie Richardson who came into a meeting early on and told the developers she wanted one acre of their land set aside for use by the school,” Cr Manning said. “When she put forward the case for the safety of students, the developer came on board and the rest is history.
“I’d like to thank Robert Wallace and his team at Botanica Property Group for their cooperation throughout this project.
“And most of all, I’d like to thank Cr Richardson for her very significant role in establishing the partnership that led to the creation of the carpark.”
Council contributed $800,000 to the cost of the carpark, with the Queensland Government providing $1.1 million.
Cr Richardson was joined by Member for Barron River Craig Crawford and Robert Wallace of Botanica Property Group to cut the ribbon on the new facility in the presence of current and former teachers, parents and students.
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