Seaforth students walk, ride and scoot to school

Published: 07 Dec 2021

In a first for Seaforth State School, students walked, rode their bikes and scooted to school today.

The school took part in a Ride to School Day event to try out council’s new Yakapari-Seaforth Road shared pathway.

The pathway, which is 2.26 kilometres in length, runs from Seaforth Reservoir Road, in front of Seaforth State School, to Prince Charles Avenue.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the $1.3 million jointly funded State Government and council project was a huge win for the Seaforth community.

“Previous to the new shared pathway, residents and students had to travel along a grass verge on Yakapari-Seaforth Road, making the journey unsafe and difficult to navigate,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Providing a safe environment for our community so they can actively travel to school and key facilities and services is essential if we are to become the best region for liveability,” he said.

To celebrate the opening of the new shared pathway council put on a free healthy breakfast for students and Queensland Police Service provided a shared path safety talk.

“It was great to see so many students trying out the new shared pathway today and Queensland Police providing students with tips on shared path etiquette,” Mayor Williamson said.

“I believe the new Yakapari-Seaforth Road shared pathway will be a hive of activity over the Christmas holidays and when the new school year recommences in 2022.”

Stage 1 of the Yakapari-Seaforth Road shared pathway project from Seaforth Reservoir Road to Aviland Drive was funded by the State Government’s Works for Queensland program. Stage 2 from Aviland Drive to Prince Charles Avenue was funded by Mackay Regional Council.