Govt to fund land for high school
AGNES Water got another step closer in its long journey to securing a high school when Education Minister Geoff Wilson announced the approval of funding to buy land in the town.
“The Agnes Water community has been lobbying for a secondary school provision for some years, and I’m delighted to announce we have listened to locals and have approved funding for the purchase of a piece of land for a future site,” Mr Wilson said.
“This will be the first stage in the mission for secondary school provision in Agnes Water in the future.”
However, Agnes Water high school advocacy group spokeswoman Dr Ali Black said parents and residents would greet the news with mixed feelings.
“While it is a positive step in the right direction, I am disappointed the announcement was not about more certainty, about the actual approval of a high school, the type of school and a start and finish date,” Dr Black said.
Mr Wilson flew into Bundaberg yesterday afternoon to make the announcement to waiting media before heading to the Discovery Coast to make a similar announcement to parents and residents outside the Agnes Water State School.
Member for Flynn Chris Trevor welcomed the announcement, saying he had supported a high school in Agnes Water in the past.
“Agnes Water needs a high school – Agnes Water will get a high school and today’s announcement is a step in the right direction,” Mr Trevor said.
“Only Labor seems to believe in the needs of the Agnes Water community with the LNP candidate publicly stating that he was happy to continue to see students bussed long distances to get a secondary education.” And Labor would continue to advocate for the high school.