Schools

Bounty Boulevard State School Scores Two New Crossing Supervisors

Students at Bounty Boulevard State School will have a safer journey to and from school, thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s continued rollout of the School Crossing Supervisors Program.

Bounty Boulevard is set to receive two new crossing supervisors, as part of an additional 25 new supervisors being allocated to 19 schools during the 2017-18 financial year.

The Palaszczuk Government is committed to keeping our kids safe. Sending children to school can be stressful for parents, so it is great to have that extra level of safety assurance that crossing supervisors provide.

Thanks to the new supervisors Bounty Boulevard State School will benefit from the School Crossing Supervisor Scheme for many years to come.

Peak traffic times will now be a lot safer for these students, as they will have the help of the supervisors as they travel to and from school. School crossing supervisors do a tremendous job keeping children safe and educating them about road safety.

Supervised school crossings encourage pedestrians to cross the road at a safe location, rather than at a different and sometimes unsafe points along the road. Supervised crossing also decrease delays around schools for motorists, as well as reminding them to take extra care on the road.

As the biggest Prep – 6 school in Queensland, Bounty Boulevard State School can get quite busy in the morning and afternoon, so it is fantastic that these supervisors will be on site to make sure that children can get safely to and from school.

For more information on School Crossing Supervisors, including how to become a Supervisor visit: http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/schoolcrossingsupervisors

Local groups urged to apply to share in $1.8 million to honour Anzacs

 

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Local organisations are being encouraged to apply to share in more than $1.8 million in funding available over the next year to commemorate the Anzac Centenary, Chris Whiting said.

Mr Whiting said the Queensland Government was committed to preserving the Anzac legacy for future generations, with groups in the area able to apply for grants of up to $80,000 to commemorate the role played by Queenslanders in the First World War.

“The Queensland Government is supporting a range of initiatives to commemorate the Anzac Centenary, including the Spirit of Service and Lasting Legacies grant programs,” Chris Whiting said.

“These grant programs are open to local groups and organisations, with RSL’s, parents and friends associations, sporting clubs and not for profits groups all welcome to apply.

“It’s important to honour the legacy of our Anzacs and these grants help our local communities to keep the memory of the brave men and women who served in the First World War alive,” he said.

The Spirit of Service grants program provides funding for projects up to $20,000, while the Lasting Legacies grants program provides funding between $20,001 and $80 000.

Chris whiting said there were numerous ways to honour the service and sacrifice of Queenslanders through these grant programs, from traditional approaches to new and engaging projects.

“Previous grants have been awarded for the display of military memorabilia, the development of phone apps, books, guided tours and even plays,” he said.

“With the latest rounds of the Spirit of Service and Lasting Legacies grant programs now open, I encourage local groups and organisations to apply.”

The current round of Lasting Legacies grants program closes 20 August 2017, and the current round of Spirit of Service applications will close on 15 October 2017.

For more information or to start an application, visit www.qld.gov.au/anzac100 or call 3003 9170.

Hall, Yes! $5 million for Bounty Boulevard State School Hall

220317pittjonesbbsshall I am thrilled to say that today, we have secured $5 million to build a new multipurpose hall at Bounty Boulevard State School!

This good news comes after years of campaigning by the school community.

The Palaszczuk Government will invest $5 million to build a new school hall at Bounty Boulevard State School as part of our $200 million Advancing Queensland Schools funding package.

The Bounty Boulevard school community have been calling for a new school hall for many years. Bounty Boulevard is now the largest Prep to Year 6 school in Queensland, and has lacked a fit-for-purpose venue to host assemblies, events and indoor sports.

I know how important this facility is and I am proud to have delivered for our community.

I want to congratulate the school leadership, the P&C and broader school community for their efforts to secure this funding.

I’m looking forward to seeing the difference this hall makes to education at Bounty Boulevard State School.

The project was expected to go to tender next month.

The Palaszczuk Government is determined to give every student in every school the best possible education.

That means delivering the teachers, curriculum and school facilities we need to give students the best chance at success.

This project will also create vital jobs for local tradies and more opportunities for apprentices and trainees.

Flashing school zone signs for Christ the King School

ctk2 Christ the King School now has flashing school zone signs to help protect their students, thanks to the Palaszczuk Government.

Member for Murrumba, Chris Whiting said signs were installed recently in highly visible locations in school zones on Thompson Street.

“Not only does the flashing school zone sign improve the visibility of the school zone, but it also alerts and reminds drivers they are entering a school zone and need to slow down.

“Students arriving and leaving school can be preoccupied and unpredictable around roads and cars.

“We are committed to providing an environment that is as safe for them as possible.

“This isn’t something we can do on our own, we need motorists to adhere to the speed limit and adjust their speed accordingly, when driving through school zones.”

“The signs only flash during school zone times and only on school days, so drivers will always be alerted to when kids are more likely to be out and about.”

“The flashing school zone signs program has been a resounding success since the Queensland Labor Government introduced them in 2011,” Mr Whiting said.

 

 

Holiday Makeover for Local Schools

While Bayside state school students and teachers have been enjoying a well-earned break, local tradies have been hard at work upgrading and expanding local schools ready for 2017.

Member for Murrumba Chris Whiting said the work was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s record $667 million school infrastructure program.

Mr Whiting said Murrumba and Redcliffe schools would share in more than $1.2 million for improvements to classrooms and other facilities.

“We want our state school students to have the best-possible classrooms to make the most of their education,” he said.

Ms D’Ath said work done on local schools during the holidays included:

  • $20,000 for Humpybong State School for a disability access ramp;
  • $140,000 for Redcliffe Special School for additional classrooms;
  • $90,000 for Clontarf Beach State High School to replace hall roof;
  • $60,000 for Clontarf Beach State School to refurbish the outdoor learning area;
  • $105,000 for Mango Hill State School for a relocatable building and additional classrooms;
  • $115,000 for North Lakes State College for additional accommodation;
  • $150,000 for Deception Bay State High School to refurbish the home economics block; and
  • $80,000 for Deception Bay State School to refurbish Block B.

Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath said when students and teachers return to school on Monday 23 January they will notice a big difference.

“This work was completed during the school holidays to ensure as little disruption as possible to classes.

“We are committed to ensuring that every child has access to a quality education and that includes quality school facilities.”

Mr Whiting said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to catering for enrolment growth at schools on the Bayside.

“We will always provide the classrooms our schools need to provide a quality education to all students,” he said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is not only building better schools on the Bayside we are also providing valuable jobs for tradies and training opportunities for apprentices.

“Our investment in new school classrooms and maintenance is supporting thousands of jobs for tradies and suppliers around the state.

Mr Whiting said local contractors and suppliers could still pre-register for school construction and maintenance work online at: hpw.qld.gov.au

 

 

Business Case for New High School Being Examined

The case for a new local high school, or campus, in the North Lakes Mango Hill area has been boosted by news that Building Queensland is examining a proposal for extra high school capacity north of Brisbane, Chris Whiting MP said.

The December 2016 ‘Infrastructure Pipeline Report’ confirmed that Building Queensland is helping build a preliminary case for extra secondary schooling capacity in the region.

“Just as we are getting ready for school in 2017, it is very exciting to learn that a new local high school, or high school campus may be entering the infrastructure pipeline,” Mr Whiting said.

“It is encouraging news for all the families who know that we live in one of the fastest growing areas of Australia, and we have a lot of pressure on our very popular schools,”

“It is early days yet, but I will continue to lobby Education Minister, Kate Jones, for an additional high school in Mango Hill, North Lakes or Griffin,” Chris Whiting said.

The Palaszczuk Government has invested $32 million in education infrastructure in Murrumba, including a $15 million multi-storey classroom block to start construction soon at North Lakes State College, and new classrooms at Mango Hill and Bounty Boulevard State Schools.

The Infrastructure Pipeline Report stated on Page 8 that the ‘Additional Secondary Schooling Capacity North of Brisbane’ proposal was one of just two new projects that have ‘entered the pipeline’.

The proposal is at the Strategic Business Case Stage, which is the earliest stage of development.

Building Queensland is an independent body that sets out the state’s infrastructure priorities.

Local Schools Big Winners in Infrastructure Funding

Non-state schools in Deception Bay, Rothwell and North Lakes are big winners with an announcement of more than $2 million in infrastructure spending today by Member for Murrumba, Chris Whiting MP.

‘This funding for infrastructure at our non-state schools is in addition to the more than $30 million invested in infrastructure at state schools in Deception Bay, Mango Hill and North Lakes in the last few years,’

‘This $2 million in funding means that students in Independent and Catholic school will soon be benefiting from new state of the art learning environments,’

‘The funding is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $92 million commitment to non-state schools in Queensland,’ Mr Whiting said.

Mr Whiting said that the investment in non-state schools would support construction jobs across the state.

‘Investment in schools infrastructure sees improvements to schools, but every project also provides valuable jobs for tradies, and training opportunities for apprentices,’

‘We want to ensure that our schools cater for enrolment growth and continue to provide quality educational opportunities to students,’

‘The Palaszczuk Government supports parents’ right to choose a state or non-state education for their children,’

‘We want to see every child benefiting from quality classrooms, no matter where they go to school,’ Mr Whiting said.

Local schools receiving funding are:

Christ the King, Deception Bay: More than $70,000

Mueller College, Rothwell: $815,000

The Lakes College, North Lakes: More than $1.1 million

Community at the heart of new vision for South East Queensland

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The draft South East Queensland Regional Plan (SEQRP), released recently, unveils a 50 year vision for the South East, with a focus on community, affordable living, future jobs and maximising existing infrastructure.

Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath said the plan, formed through extensive consultation with the region’s 12 councils, industry and the community, will deliver a sustainable future.

“The population of South East Queensland is expected to grow to over 5.3 million people in the next 25 years and the draft SEQRP is all about catering for this growth sustainably,” Ms D’Ath said.

“The Moreton Bay region alone is expected to grow to 655,000 people, with thousands of additional people wanting to make our great community their home.

“We know that these new residents will need great places to live, work and raise their families.

“With this is mind the plan focuses on affordable living – not just affordable housing – and looks at the way that people interact with their community and the services around them.

“Having been informed by extensive community consultation the draft SEQRP also recognises the importance of preserving the things that people love about living here in Moreton Bay including our beautiful natural environment, diverse culture and relaxed way of life.

Member for Murrumba Chris Whiting said that the new plan got the balance right between sustainability and growing jobs.

“Importantly, inter-urban breaks are maintained and protected between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Whiting said.

“The draft SEQRP highlights the importance of development in well-serviced areas that are convenient to employment and emphasises the role of public and active transport.

“The draft SEQRP will drive employment growth through an economic blueprint which identifies areas where our emerging knowledge and innovation industries can thrive while also acknowledging our existing strengths in tourism, agriculture and construction.”

 

“We want the SEQRP to be shaped by South East Queenslanders and I encourage the community to have their say during upcoming consultation sessions across the region or online.”

Residents across South East Queensland are being called on to have their say on the draft plan with extended public consultation open until 3 March 2017.

There will be 22 community events where residents can talk to a planner during November and December in each of the 12 council areas.

Residents in the electorates of Redcliffe or Murrumba can come and speak with a planner at:

Moreton Bay Saturday 26 November 10 am – 1 pm Caboolture Hub 4 Hasking St, Caboolture

 

For more information on the draft SEQRP, the public consultation and the community events: www.qld.gov.au/shapingseq

Schools & Apprentices Benefit from Record $$ on School Maintenance.

Murrumba electorate schools are sharing in $1.2 million for improvements to classrooms and other facilities as they benefit from the Palaszczuk Government’s record investment in school maintenance.

All local schools are benefiting from our state-wide $667 million school infrastructure program. This will help our state schools stay on top of their maintenance needs and ensure students have access to quality education facilities.

Education is a priority for me, and I want our state school students to have the best possible classrooms to make the most of their education.

Local maintenance projects include:

$300,000 for Deception Bay State High School – to refurbish the Home Economics Block
$200,000 for Deception Bay State School for classroom refurbishments.

Schools in Mango Hill and North Lakes will share more than $335,000, with Moreton Downs and Hercules Road State Schools, in Deception Bay and Rothwell benefiting from over $134,000 in funding.

To ensure that classes are not disrupted most of the work will be carried out over school holiday periods.

Each year Principals and Condition Assessors work together to prioritise maintenance projects for local schools. Our school maintenance is not only building better schools across Murrumba and Queensland but also providing valuable jobs for tradies and training opportunities for apprentices.

At least 10% of all maintenance work carried out on state schools will be done by apprentices, ensuring we continue to develop skills locally.

St Benedict’s College Gets State Funding Boost

Member for Murrumba Chris Whiting today announced $190,000 in State Government funding to support the completion of new facilities at St Benedict’s College in Mango Hill.

“The St Benedict’s College community is investing in their school and I’m proud the Palaszczuk Government is supporting them with $190,000 towards their new facilities,” Mr Whiting said.

“This funding is in addition to $31,000 the College received from the State Government in June for upgrading sporting facilities.”

Mr Whiting said the Mango Hill and Murrumba region was growing rapidly and it was important for schools to keep pace with growth.

“I’ve been fighting hard to make sure our local schools have the funding they need to build new classrooms and provide for local students,” he said.

“I’m pleased to have delivered a commitment of more than $22 million towards new school facilities in the Murrumba electorate in this year’s budget.

“Investing in new school facilities is vital to ensure that every student is able to learn in the best-possible environment.”

Mr Whiting said the St Benedict’s College funding was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $93 million capital assistance program for Catholic and Independent schools in Queensland this year.

“St Benedict’s plays an important role in the Mango Hill community in providing a quality education to local students,” he said.

“Our government is committed to providing students in Queensland with the best-possible learning environments, no matter where they go to school.”

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