No clarity for Bundy schools

State Member for Bundaberg David Batt is disappointed with the Minister’s response to a question he asked in parliament regarding the installation of air-conditioning in Bundaberg’s state school classrooms.

David asked the question on 21 August 2019 and a response was tabled late on Friday, 21 September 2019.

“Earlier this year the Education Minister spruiked some additional funding for air-con in state schools who fall outside of Labor’s ‘Cooler Schools Zone’ and I wanted to find out if any of our schools would benefit,” Mr Batt said.

“Although the Minister’s response confirms the fantastic news that Bargara State School in the Burnett electorate will receive air-con, it is a disappointing answer for us here in Bundy.

“The Minister provides no information about schools in the Bundaberg electorate, instead referring to the whole Bundaberg Regional Council area which covers more than 6000 square kilometres and three state government electorates.

“It’s also frustrating to hear that the funding will also be spent on replacing existing air-conditioning units in the ‘cooler schools zone’, failing to prioritise the installation of new units in classrooms outside the zone that desperately need it.

Mr Batt said the response depicts the stark contrast between the LNP and Labor policies.

“Under Labor’s cooler schools program, only state schools based from near Gladstone to the north get to enjoy the comfort of air-con in their classrooms.

“This means that we miss out – even though we endure the same extreme weather conditions, with sweltering temperatures and high humidity almost all year round.

“An LNP government will air-con ALL state school classrooms, not just a select few.

“Air-conditioning in classrooms is vital, not only for our students but for our hardworking teachers too.

“We know that students learn better when they’re comfortable. It shows in their results and it’s something I’ve heard from our local teachers and principals time and time again.

“Every single student in Queensland should be given the exact same opportunity to get a world-class education.

“That’s why I will continue to call on Labor to adopt the LNPs fantastic policy – our kids and teachers deserve it.”

ENDS

See the Question on Notice here.

Monday, 23 September 2019

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