Sign up now for Queensland’s Ready Reading army

Avid readers in Bancroft are being encouraged to sign up to become Ready Reading volunteers to help students discover the joy of reading.

Chris Whiting MP said the Palaszczuk Government was supporting students to become lifelong readers through the Ready Reading Program.

“We’re looking for an army of up to 3000 reading volunteers from across the state, who will be provided with free training to help Queensland students improve their literacy skills,” Mr Whiting said.

“The Ready Reading Program encourages students to develop a love of reading from a young age and we want people to register for it now.

“It shows the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to give students a strong start in their early years.

“This program is being delivered in partnership with Volunteering Queensland and is open to all parents, caregivers and community members,” said Chris Whiting.

Chris Whiting said the Palaszczuk Government was investing $1.6 million over three years to bring back the Ready Reading program, which was cut under the LNP Government.

Volunteers from across the state can express their interest in becoming a reading volunteer. Training will commence in Far North Queensland, North Coast and Central Queensland regions in Term 1, 2019.

Chris Whiting said even parents who already read to their children at home could benefit from volunteering to be a Ready Reader at school.



“All volunteers will be trained by reading experts to understand the deeper foundational knowledge of reading and strategies to assist the development of reading skills in children,” Chris Whiting said.

“Instilling a love of reading in our children is one of the greatest gifts we can give them, and one which sets them up educationally for life.”

Ready Reading volunteers who require a Blue Card will incur no charge. Parents volunteering solely at the school attended by their child do not require a Blue Card.

Registration for the Queensland Ready Reading program is available online at the Volunteering Queensland website.


We all want young people to be healthy, happy and safe. However, there is growing concern in some communities about cyberbullying of young people. Cyberbullying is using technology to bully another person. It can hurt young people, their families and friends. It is also a complex problem that can be invisible and difficult to stop.

The Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce needs your help to develop a framework for Queensland to help reduce cyberbullying of young people. They want to hear from parents, family members, carers, young people, community groups, health and wellbeing experts and people who work in our schools.

In particular, the Taskforce wants to hear about your ideas to:

• prevent or reduce cyberbullying
• support people affected by the cyberbullying of young people.

The Taskforce is chaired by Madonna King, and includes members with knowledge and expertise in education, youth health and wellbeing, law, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, disability and families.

How to have your say:
Email the Taskforce at

Upload your ideas as a submission on the Taskforce website

Come to a public forum in 12 Queensland locations including Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton and Roma.
For information about forums visit

Everyone can be part of the stand against cyberbullying. Ms King and the Taskforce members look forward to hearing from you.

Hall Yes! Curtain raised on Bounty Boulevard State School Hall

The Bounty Boulevard State School community came together yesterday to celebrate the official opening of their long-awaited new school hall said Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting MP.

The new hall is a state-of-the-art indoor facility able to host the school’s musicals and run sporting events. The hall project also included an additional 40 parking spaces at the school.

“It has been a privilege to work with the Bounty Boulevard school community to secure this much-needed hall for them,” Mr Whiting said.

“It was a great day when I heard from former Minister for Education Kate Jones that I had secured $5M to build the hall.

“It was clear that Queensland’s largest primary school needed a hall, and it is great the current Education Minister Grace Grace was able to open it”


“I asked the school community to rally behind the cause, and they sent me hundreds of letters and emails explaining why we needed the hall.

“I know these letters were instrumental in getting Bounty Boulevard State School to the top of the list when the Palaszczuk Government announced our $200 million Advancing Queensland Schools Fund in March 2017.

“I have managed to secure significant investment of more than $37 million in our local schools since the 2015 election so our kids can have the highest quality education,” Mr Whiting said.

The new hall incorporates a multipurpose sports court, stage area, storage rooms, amenities and change rooms.

Bounty Boulevard State School is Queensland’s largest primary school, with enrolment growing from 130 students when it opened in 2009, to over 1,400 today.

Sun Shines Bright on Bancroft’s Solar Schools

Solar panels will go on the rooftops of every State school in Deception Bay and North Lakes under the Palaszczuk Government’s $97 million Advancing Clean Energy Schools program, said Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting.

The Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) program will deliver huge savings to local schools and allow them the opportunity to invest in more air conditioning for students, said Chris Whiting.

“I pushed hard to get solar power and energy efficiency measures installed at all our all local State schools,” Chris Whiting said.

“Schools are selected based on their energy consumption, student enrolments and whether we can use local suppliers to do the work.”

“So this isn’t just great news for our local schools but is also an opportunity for our local suppliers, businesses and tradies to benefit from this investment,” said Chris Whiting.

Chris Whiting said the installation will happen over three years and the ACES program will save our schools an estimated $10.2 million a year.

“Our state schools are among the government’s largest energy users, with an annual energy bill of more than $50 million,” Chris Whiting said.

“There will be an announcement in a matter of weeks about the procurement and tender process and the expected start dates for installations.

“The first phase of the program this year will include up to 30 schools in each of the Department of Education’s seven regions, so the benefits will be shared throughout the state.

“The program will see an investment of $40 million in solar photovoltaic systems and $57 million on making schools more energy efficient.

“Renewable energy technology has developed significantly and we want to take advantage of the opportunities that now exist for our state schools to make energy savings,” Chris Whiting said.

The schools to receive solar panels in the Bancroft electorate are:

• Bounty Boulevard State School
• North Lakes State College
• Deception Bay State School
• Deception Bay North State School
• Deception Bay State High School
• Moreton Downs State School

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:

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



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 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:



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.

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