“Bluey” Sparks Statewide Conversation on Car Seat Safety

The popular cartoon Bluey has sparked a vital conversation about child car seat safety in Queensland. Kidsafe Queensland, located in Stafford, urges parents to prioritise both the law and best practice recommendations.

The episode, which aired on the 14th of April 2024, featured Chilli Heeler navigating car seat arrangements with her four energetic pups, prompting discussions about where children can legally sit in vehicles.

Queensland law mandates that children under four must never be seated in the front row of a vehicle with two or more rows. A child between the ages of four and seven can only sit in the front seat as a last resort, even when all rear seats are filled with children under the age of seven.

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has since seen a surge in online engagement, with their child restraint information webpage experiencing a 1,000% increase in views.

“It’s fantastic to see the Bluey team address this important topic,” said Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Bart Mellish. “The episode serves as a timely reminder for parents to consider both legal requirements and best practices when it comes to car seat safety.”

However, for optimal safety, TMR recommends keeping all children under 12 in the back seat. In situations where a child must sit upfront, using an untethered booster seat and maximising the distance between the child and the dashboard is crucial.

Whilst children aged seven and above can legally use a standard seatbelt in the back, a booster seat remains preferred until their shoulders reach the designated height marker. Most children won’t achieve a proper fit with a standard seatbelt until around age 11 or 12.

Photo Credit: Facebook/ Kidsafe Queensland

TMR has partnered with Kidsafe Queensland to provide free resources for parents, including instructional videos demonstrating proper child restraint installation and usage. These resources can be found here.

The National Transport Commission will also be conducting a review of Australian child restraint regulations in the coming year, ensuring these critical safety measures remain aligned with best practices.

“We strongly encourage parents to prioritise their child’s size and age, not just legal requirements, when choosing a car seat and seating position,” said Kidsafe Qld CEO Susan Teerds. “Keeping children rear-facing for as long as possible and using booster seats until they fit adult seatbelts properly are crucial safety steps.”

Published Date 23-April-2024

Various Transport Projects Being Considered in Kedron

Possible transport projects aimed at improving daily travel for Queenslanders, including Kedron commuters, were announced recently. The strategies envisioned less congested roads and a faster commute.

Labor pledged $75 million for projects involving the Northern and Eastern Transitways if re-elected. Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Jackie Trad explained that the transitways would cut the travel time among commuters, adding that Labor would see to it that bus lanes will operate uninterrupted from Kedron to Chermside bus station.

Meanwhile, the Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads published its Western Brisbane Transport Network Strategy Projects on 13th of November. Four of the proposals involved busways in Herston to Kedron, Kedron to Aspley, Kedron to CBD, and Everton Park to Kedron.

Project 1 Herston to Kedron – Northern Busway

This project should connect the Inner Northern Busway at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Herston to Kedron with a bus-only corridor, following the Lutwyche Road. It is expected to cut the existing average bus travel time into half.

Construction of the Airport Link is ongoing on the three-kilometre section of the Northern Busway between Windsor and Kedron.

Project 4 Kedron to Aspley – Northern Busway

Under this project, the Kedron Northern Busway will be extended along Gympie Road to Aspley by constructing bus lanes from the end of the busway at Kedron within the Gympie Road corridor. This section would eventually be upgraded to busway standard.

Project 5 Kedron to CBD

Under this project, a high-quality cycleway will be built, providing a direct and continuous route from the Kedron Brook cycle way through to the CBD.

Project 18: Everton Park to Kedron Stafford Road Tunnel

The project foresees an urban motorway tunnel under Stafford Road to connect the proposed North West Transport Corridor and Inner Orbital with Airport Link.

All projects in order are as follows:

Project 1: Herston to Kedron – Northern Busway (SEQIPP)
Project 2: Kenmore to central business district – Western Bus Corridor staged bus lanes + Western Veloway
Project 3: Darra to Indooroopilly – Centenary Motorway transit lanes (SEQIPP)
Project 4: Kedron to Aspley – Northern Busway – staged upgrade + Northern Veloway Section 2
Project 5: Kedron to central business district – Northern Veloway – Section 1
Project 6: Clem Jones Tunnel to Gateway Motorway – Airport Link (SEQIPP)
Project 7: Toowong to Kelvin Grove – TransApex Northern Link tunnel
Project 8: Everton Park to Kedron – Stafford Road transit lanes + Stafford Road Veloway
Project 9: Kelvin Grove to Ashgrove – Musgrave/Waterworks Road bus lanes + The Gap access Veloway
Project 10: Kelvin Grove to Everton Park – Kelvin Grove/Enoggera Road bus lanes + North Western Veloway – Section 1
Project 11: North West Transport Corridor (part of a future North South Motorway) – North West Motorway + North West bus lanes + North Western Veloway – Section 2
Project 12: St Lucia to West End – Uni River Link
Project 13: Toowong to Everton Park (part of a future North South Motorway) – Inner Orbital tunnel
Project 14: Toowong to Everton Park – Western Ring Veloway
Project 15: Brisbane central business district – Albert Street Garden Axis Veloway
Project 16: Indooroopilly to Dutton Park – Uni Link Veloway
Project 17: Darra to Toowong – Centenary/Western Motorway upgrade
Project 18: Everton Park to Kedron – Stafford Road Tunnel