Sponsorship helps students bee smart
The project team on the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade is sponsoring an environmental initiative to help students learn about the cultural and environmental importance of native bees.
A number of stingless native bee hives, which were originally located along the upgrade route, have been relocated by local apiarist and teacher Steve Maginnity.
The joint venture between Leighton Contractors and Fulton Hogan, which is working with Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority) to design and build the upgrade, is sponsoring a program which will see hives temporarily located at six local high schools to give students an opportunity to learn about the unique insects.
Temporary bee hive
Native bees are significant not only to the local environment, but to Aboriginal culture.
Mr Maginnity thanked the project team for the generous contribution they were making to schools and the community as he believes knowledge, conservation and understanding of native bees is important to benefit from their presence in the local environment.
At the end of the program the bee hives will be returned to Mr Maginnity's care.
Roads and Maritime Services improves school bus stop safety
Roads and Maritime Services is working with local bus companies and Coffs Harbour City Council to improve safety for children at school bus stops along the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade.
A number of changes along the upgrade have been made including the installation of improved signs and road markings at bus stops along the upgrade.
The safety improvements will be regularly monitored to make sure they remain effective as the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade progresses.
One bus stop at the intersection of the Pacific Highway and Gaudrons Road, Sapphire Beach, was relocated further west to move students away from the high levels of traffic using the intersection.
The safety upgrades were carried out during the school holidays following road safety presentations reinforcing the importance of road safety rules to five primary schools in the vicinity of upgrade road works late last year.
Roads and Maritime is working with the joint venture between Leighton Contractors and Fulton Hogan on the school bus stop safety improvements. The joint venture has been contracted by Roads and Maritime to design and build the $705 million Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade.