Tuesday, 09 October 2012 13:32
I am concerned about reports of a number of motorists caught speeding through school zones this week.
Some people may have been caught unawares with schools returning for the new term.
I urge all motorists to take care around our schools and to observe the relevant speed limits.
Unfortunately, police figures show that speeding in school zones has increased significantly in recent years.
Speeding in school zones places children's lives in danger and police will be applying the full force of the law to those caught doing so.
Please do the right thing - slow down in school zones and obey the speed limit signs.
Monday, 08 October 2012 10:22
Many areas of Moggill struggle with poor or even non-existent broadband service. For a capital city this is particularly unacceptable.
While this is a federal rather than a state issue, I know many residents share my frustration with our poor broadband internet services and we are keen to do something about it.
Federal MP Malcolm Turnbull, Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband has launched a nationwide survey to find out what parts of Australia have the worst broadband. He plans to use the results to determine what areas should be prioritised for upgraded if there is a change of federal government.
I urge local residents to take part in the survey and provide their feedback.
You can complete the survey by clicking here.
Thursday, 04 October 2012 11:18
Adventurous local Avon Moffat will be joining forty members of the Australian Light Horse Association in a tour of the Middle East later this month, marking the 95th anniversary of the charge of Beersheba.
Their trip will include a visit to the Mena camp area in Egypt, the battlefields of Gallipoli and then on to Israel.
Thursday, 27 September 2012 11:12
Congratulations to Kenmore and Pullenvale State Schools as well as the Pullenvale Environment Education Centre which have all been successful in their applications for the Queensland Government's School Waste Minimisation Project.
Their success recognises the hard work these schools do in helping to teach our children about the benefits of recycling.
These schools will be provided with waste minimisation and recycling equipment such as colour-coded wheelie bins, classroom recycling bins, stickers, posters and materials to help raise awareness of recycling.
They will also be able to obtain a rebate of up to $200 to purchase a composter or worm farm to recycle their food scraps and grass clippings and so help reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfill.
The habits that children learn at school stay with them into adulthood so it is crucial that they learn the importance of recycling from an early age.
I am pleased to see our schools taking such a proactive approach in helping our children look after the environment.
For more information on the program please click here.
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 13:43
Congratulations to Kenmore State High School on being selected as one of the first Queensland state schools to become an Independent Public School in 2013.
Kenmore State High is making history as one of Queensland’s first Independent Public Schools and was selected from 30 applicants.
The Newman Government went to the election with a promise to lift education standards in this state by giving schools greater control over their decision making, cutting red tape and removing layers of management.
This is a massive step forward as Kenmore State High will now have more control over decisions to help them shape their future and improve student outcomes.
We believe that local school communities, parents, teachers and principals know what’s best for their children, and we want to give them the power to make those decisions without interference.
Kenmore State High School is a magnificent public school with a high level of local community support and achieves outstanding results.
The P&C and School Council have put a lot of hard work into the application process and I am delighted that Kenmore High has been selected to be one of the first Independent Public Schools in Queensland.
As an Independent Public School, Kenmore State High will have the freedom to directly recruit teachers and to build a team that is able to deliver innovative educational practices and have more autonomy to manage infrastructure and financial resources.
Kenmore State High School will receive $50,000 to assist with the change and an extra $50,000 in funding each year for administrative purposes.
The Department will work with the schools to ensure they were fully supported through this process.
We’ve done our homework and borrowed from the best examples of autonomous schools across Australia and in countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, the US and the UK.
The program would be extended to 120 schools over the next four years.
The Newman Government is committed to working with principals, teachers, parents and the wider school community to deliver the very best education for Queensland students.
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