School action pledge
MEMBERS of the action committees pushing for high schools at Bargara and Agnes Water met LNP education spokesman Bruce Flegg and candidate for Burnett Stephen Bennett yesterday to argue their case.
In announcing the LNP's education infrastructure policy yesterday, Dr Flegg said the party would spend $4 million setting up a schools planning commission to examine the need for new schools.
Mr Bennett said if elected to government, the LNP would ensure school needs would be fully examined and any new schools would be properly planned.
He said the commission would be made up of representatives of the independent schools, Education Queensland and local government.
"It will give everyone in Queensland a clear picture of the needs, and where schools will be built," he said.
"It's about engaging with the community and listening to its needs."
Mr Bennett said he disagreed with the Labor government's judgment that there should be no new schools in the Bundaberg region for 10 years.
Dr Flegg said the commission would meet groups such as the one in Agnes Water to discuss the community's desire for a new high school.
He said the area around Bundaberg was one of the regions where there was a critical need for spending on education.
"This is a key area of the state that has been neglected," he said.
Dr Flegg said issues that needed to be addressed included disengaged children who did not attend school and indigenous children.
In the policy announced yesterday, leader Campbell Newman said an LNP government would ramp up infrastructure funding to Queensland's non-government schools.
He said the LNP would spend $155 million over four years on the Building Our Future Schools Program, with 75% going to non-government schools and 25% to government schools.
After four years, capital spending would be boosted to $40 million a year.
$155 million over four years for the Build Our Future Schools Program.
$4 million to establish the Queensland Schools Plan Commission.