A familiar face behind the barbeque at school fundraisers, Brenton Wratt has swapped snags for a stop sign at Collingwood Park.
WoodLinks State School welcomed the new crossing supervisor on the first day of Term 1 as part of a $4.2 million move to increase numbers across the state.
Mr Wratt can now be seen most mornings and afternoons, another road safety measure for a local school that continues to experience strong enrolment growth.
“It’s a new job and it fits in with my life – my partner is involved with the P&C here and has three kids at the school, so I went from running barbeques to holding a stop sign,” Mr Wratt said.
“I’ve been involved with the school for a while – people asked ‘do you want to cook a few sausages’ – and now I’m here in high-vis waving to people and getting everyone across the road safely.
“It’s a really fun, rewarding job with a good vibe where I can say ‘hi’ to people and wish them well for their day ahead. Everyone has been great to welcome me.”
Member for Bundamba Lance McCallum said Mr Wratt was one of about 2,000 crossing supervisors who worked to keep Queensland kids safe.
“This is a good result for WoodLinks, and it’s really exciting to see committed local like Brenton get a job at a school that he’s clearly so passionate about,” Mr McCallum said.
“Crossing supervisors are some of the most well-known members of any school community, and already Brenton is a stand out, particularly with his high-vis shoes.”