Sophie Alcorn, who is a nipper with the Ellis Beach Surf Club, wrote to local politicians. Here's what she had to say when she asked for a safer crossing at the popular Ellis Beach road crossing on the Captain Cook Highway...
- Dear Sir, My name is Sophie Alcorn and I am nine years old.
I would like to inform you about the lack of safe road crossings at Ellis Beach Surf Club/ shops. Yesterday my friend and I tried to cross the road near Ellis Beach shops. We stopped in the middle of the road then we tried to cross the next lane.
My friend was accidently hit by a car. She bumped the bonnet and bounced off. She hurt her two knees and got gravel rash on one leg. She had to go to hospital in an ambulance to make sure everything was ok.
We all felt sad that my friend was hurt and knew that we were very lucky. I think that it is important to have a zebra crossing or pedestrian lights to make it safer for everyone to cross the road. Can you please help me fix the problem? Each Sunday there are lots of children at the beach for nippers.
I don't want any of them to be hurt or have any of their friends hurt if it happens again.
Newsport Daily, who broke the story yesterday, said that Division 9 Cairns Regional councillor, Sno Bonneu has backed the move, but there has been no response to date from Minister for Roads, Craig Wallace.