Fight for school in parliament

THE push for a high school at Agnes Water has intensified, with petitions tabled in state parliament this week and a personal appeal to Premier Anna Bligh.

Member for Burnett Rob Messenger, who tabled hundreds of signatures in a petition for a high school this week, said a secondary school in Agnes Water was essential for the growth of the region.

Advocacy spokesperson Ali Black said parents, students and businesses in the town were particularly aware of the need for secondary schooling in Agnes Water this week, as more than 100 students were stranded by floodwaters and unable to attend school, and more families threatened to leave town to live closer to a high school.

Dr Black said the advocacy group, made up of parents, business people and concerned citizens, had received signatures and letters of support from hundreds of petitioners and businesses in the district on the need for a secondary school to attract and keep more families.

“We have the strong support of tourism bodies and operators, plus that of business groups, who are concerned about the limitations of education for families wishing to move to the area,” Dr Black said.

“The Gladstone Regional Council Social Infrastructure Strategic Plan recommends that Education Queensland review its current position with respect to a secondary school in Agnes Water.

“All projections for the area demonstrate that the lack of a high school is holding Agnes back.

“And of course the children then won’t have to travel for up to four hours a day – or leave town to get secondary education.”



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