Qld election: Whitsunday candidates in schools battle
SCHOOLS and education policies are emerging as key battleground issues in the seat of Whitsunday, with several candidates putting forward their pitches and promises this week.
Labor candidate for Whitsunday Angie Kelly - who was a standout performer at Tuesday's Mackay education election forum - has pledged $1 million worth of upgrades across two Northern Beaches schools.
If the Palaszczuk Government is re-elected, Bucasia State School will receive $500,000 for a tuckshop upgrade and extension, while Eimeo Rd State School will get $500,000 to refurbish its amenities block.
As the principal of Cannonvale State School, Ms Kelly said the upgrades would make a huge difference to students and staff.
"Not only will these upgrades have a lasting impact on our students, they are part of the Palaszczuk Government's investment in local jobs as part of Queensland's economic recovery," she said.
During Tuesday's education forum, hosted by the Queensland Teacher's Union, One Nation Whitsunday candidate Deb Lawson said she would fight for more schools in Airlie Beach.
"I know that in Cannonvale, we've got the primary schools there, but we've only got a high school in Proserpine," Ms Lawson said.
"There's no high school in Cannonvale or Airlie Beach."
She said this needed urgent attention, given the frequent flooding of Hamilton Plains - which can block road access to Proserpine State High School for students living in Cannonvale.
Whitsunday MP and NQ First leader Jason Costigan has committed to invest $40 million in establishing a Blacks Beach State School, if his party secures the balance of power at the election.
He said this would take pressure off the existing Eimeo Rd State School and cater for another projected population boom in the area.
"Eimeo Road has no scope for expansion and the traffic issues are well documented before and after school," Mr Costigan said.
He did not attend the forum, but released a statement about his plans.
Katter's Australia Party Whitsunday candidate Ciaron Paterson told Tuesday's forum the party was working hard on finalising its education policy.
"KAP believes that job security is one of the most challenging issues being faced by the education sector at this point in time," he said.
LNP's candidate Amanda Camm did not attend the forum.
Other local school upgrades funded under the Palaszczuk Government's election pledge include:
- Clermont State High School: $85,000 to enclose open verandas
- Fitzgerald State School: $375,000 to refurbish block 2 amenities
- Glenella State School: $460,000 to provide equitable access to core classrooms
- Mackay District Special School: $60,000 to install lifting hoist
- Sarina State High School: $195,000 to provide equitable access to amenities
- Moranbah State School: $100,000 to repair and/or replace shade sails
- Moranbah East State School: $100,000 for new outdoor learning space
- Moranbah State High School: $100,000 for new permanent shade structure
- Marian State School: $500,000 for upgrade/extension of tuckshop including commercial kitchen
- Mirani State High School: $500,000 to upgrade admin block