Message delivered for Agnes

MEMBER for Burnett Rob Messenger is calling on the government to build a high school for the growing community of Agnes Water.

Mr Messenger told state parliament the community of Agnes Water/1770 have been crying out for a high school or a middle school to be established in their area.

“There are a lot of Agnes Water children attending boarding schools and, therefore, living out of the area, because there is no high school in their immediate community. They are not being accounted for when the education department calculates and considers whether they should build a secondary facility at Agnes Water,” Mr Messenger said.

“Community advocates and parents alike are really perplexed as to why this government keeps on insisting that they do not have the numbers to warrant a high school.

“There is quite a push by the government to recognise the growth in the Discovery Coast area by saying that, because of that growth, the people there will need a desalination plant and that the government is prepared to throw $30 million at it, but the people there cannot have secondary school options.

“In the past I wrote to the then Education Minister (Rod) Welford stressing the importance of constructing a secondary school at Agnes Water, but those pleas fell on deaf ears. I am hoping that this minister realises that the need for a secondary school is becoming a critical issue for the families who are constantly moving to the area.”

“The need for this school has an overwhelming amount of community support. The provision of a school in the area would allow parents to be more involved in the school community and in their children's education.”

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