State Govt. Media Release – BUNDABERG FUTURE SCHOOLS REVEALED

The following Media Release has been issued by the Honourable John  Paul Langbroek MP, Minister for Education, Training and Employment. Whilst the timeframes involved may be untimely for many parents with existing teenage children, the announcement is certainly good news for the future growth of the region and especially from a strategic planning perspective.

The land set aside for the future education precinct extends from near the existing State School on the northern side of Bargara Road and will extend eastwards across the vacant land to Hughes Road.

As far as I can see, one of the primary considerations from a logistical point of view will be traffic movements around the area and especially with it being located on the main arterial route into the Bargara township.

Many people would be unaware that a gazetted McCavanagh Street road reserve already exists behind this land from near the existing school, between the Barolin Nature Reserve and properties backing onto it from Buchan & Birchdale Drives, and through to Croft Street. Whilst I’m not aware of any specific discussions regarding traffic movements around an ‘education precinct’ in this area, I’m sure that the traffic engineers will now be able to prepare well in advance for the anticipated growth.

Here’s the Minster’s release…..

MEDIA RELEASE

Bundaberg could require as many as two new schools and expansions to existing schools over the next 20 years following the release of a report, revealing the city’s student population growth.

The latest report developed by the Newman Government’s Queensland Schools Planning Commission (QSPC) shows Bundaberg may see student numbers grow by as many as 4,866 students.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the most effective planning process ever undertaken in Queensland would ensure a bright future for Bundaberg’s next generation of students.

“The Queensland Government is determined that Bundaberg students will have the best possible start in life and we’re developing a strong plan now to ensure they do,” Mr Langbroek said.

“For the first time in our state’s history, we have a coordinated, cross-sector process to better plan school infrastructure and deliver the high standard of education that Queensland families expect.”

Mr Langbroek said the report showed there may be an additional 257,000 school-aged children in Queensland by 2031, requiring between 99 and 119 additional schools state-wide. Students require a Test Prep Toolkit these days to help them be prepared and confident before an exam.

He said Bundaberg is projected to be the 16th highest growth spot in the state for school-aged children.

“QSPC report found that a new primary school or expansion of an existing school in the Bargara/Burnett Heads area will be required before 2021, with the potential need for a new secondary school in the following decade.

“It’s important to understand that these findings are based on 2011 population projections and analysis will be updated as new data becomes available.”

Mr Langbroek said the QSPC’s reports were the result of cooperation between schooling sectors, various levels of government and associated organisations.

“The knowledge we’ve gained from the QSPC’s reports will help us achieve the goals of our 30-year Queensland Plan, by having the right infrastructure delivered in the right place at the right time,” he said.

He said the next step was to enact the plan to build some of these schools.

“This Can-Do Government has a strong plan in place to be able to fund the schools Queensland needs in the future,” Mr Langbroek said.

“Under our draft Strong Choices Investment Program, we’ve proposed to allocate $1 billion to the Future Schools Fund.

“This represents a significant investment and will guarantee that future generations of students will be well looked after.”

The report, maps and data can be accessed via the Queensland Schools Planning Commission’s website at: www.education.qld.gov.au/schools/schools-planning-commission

[ENDS] 15 July 2014

Media contact:

Minister’s Office – Danita Goodwin 0439 886 652

Cairns Electorate Office – (07) 4051 2868

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