Monkland students (from left) Jai Gleeson, Joshua McLaughlin, Nicholas Gresham, Mary-Helen Buchan and Thomas Fea with their letters to the council.
Monkland students (from left) Jai Gleeson, Joshua McLaughlin, Nicholas Gresham, Mary-Helen Buchan and Thomas Fea with their letters to the council. Contributed

Monkland students petition for footpath

MONKLAND State School Year 6 and 7 students recently wrote to Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne asking that the council extend the incomplete footpath along Brisbane Rd.

School library teacher's aide Jodi Wilson said the path ended about 150m from the school gates.

This meant unpleasant and often unsafe travelling conditions for students who walked and rode to school, she said.

"The students were very delighted to each receive a personal response from the Mayor," she said.

He said what a "pleasure it was to see young residents of our council area having an opinion on infrastructure in our area".

Cr Dyne also said it was "pleasing to see students being able to write such well-structured letters that highlight their concern and suggest a solution".

Cr Dyne told them the footpath would be extended later this year.

"Funds have been put aside in the budget for this," he said.

Monkland students were very happy with this outcome, Ms Wilson said.

"I am very proud of the letters that the Year 6 and 7 students have written," she said.

"They are respectful, well thought out and well written.

"I am also very pleased with Mayor Dyne's response and we look forward to using the path in the future.

"All the kids will have to worry about then is the magpies."

Gympie Times


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