It seems commonsense has prevailed in a stand-off between school bus operator Buslink and St Thomas More Primary School at Sunshine Beach.
For as long as most can remember, Buslink, on its regular afternoon run south, has turned into the Coolum Sporting Complex on the David Low Way to drop students safely in the car park for soccer, netball, rugby league or swimming training.
The bus would then return to the David Low Way to continue its journey.
But last week parents received a letter from school principal Ian Davis advising them that Buslink would no longer deliver students inside the sporting complex.
Instead the bus would now drop their children 300 metres down the road and on the other side of the busy, four-lane, 80kmh David Low Way, leaving students to negotiate the traffic.
Marcoola’s Sid Hillier, whose grandchildren Joe, 8, and Karla, 10, regularly catch the bus from their school to the sports complex, was outraged.
Mr Hillier said Buslink’s “miserable” decision could see children, some as young as six, trying to cross the road on their own.
“Six-year-old kids on a four lane highway – that’s a real good recipe for disaster,” he said.
“They must know this is a danger to the kids.”
“This is five minutes off their schedule and I don’t think it’s fair.
“I think it’s a bit miserable.”
In last week’s letter to parents, principal Mr Davis said he had appealed Buslink’s decision but the company would not budge.
But this week Mr Davis met with the bus operator and an agreement has been reached to resume the bus drop-off service soon.
It seems the problem was some overgrown trees at the sporting complex.
“It had been something that had been done unofficially by the bus drivers,” Mr Davis said.
“They were trying to resolve one issue and created another.
“We’re just waiting on some trees to be trimmed, and I believe council’s been contacted about that as some damage had been happening to buses and trees.”
Buslink was not available for comment.
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