Labor's web of lies
Nationals Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, said it’s becoming increasingly apparent that Labor will say whatever it takes to get elected – without any real intention of ever delivering on their hollow promises.
“Today’s ‘off in the never-never’ announcement shows Labor is only interested in one thing – playing politics on education rather than focusing on educational outcomes for our children”, Mr Provest said.
“Investment is needed is at Pottsville Beach Public School, and that's why I announced more than $5 million to construct a new multi-storey building with 10 classrooms, a library, a special programs room, sports stores and other facilities.
“Construction will commence soon, not in six years' time.
I want the best for all Tweed students but enrolments at our high schools have fallen over the past two years. Projections on current primary school numbers through to 2019 will keep Tweed River and Kingscliff High steady but enrolments at Banora Point High School will fall significantly.
“Individual schools are resourced using a pupil/teacher ratio and the higher the numbers of students, the more resources are allocated to the school.
“If a new high school were to be constructed at Pottsville on the current five- year projection enrolment figures, it would have a negative impact on resources available to all students, substantially reducing subject choice, sport programs, accelerated and specialist learning as well as extra-curricular programs.
“The broad range of opportunities available to all students on the Tweed Coast through the one collegiate high school at Kingscliff at present would no longer be available if there were two smaller schools to service the same student body.
“I find it funny that Labor has criticised me for our commitment towards upgrading Pottsville Beach Public School and getting rid of demountable classrooms.
“Our investment at Pottsville alone is close to what Labor intends to spend replacing demountables across the entire state in one year.
Labor needs to stop playing politics with our children’s future, put some effort into a serious plan for education in the Tweed and stop making hollow promises they have no intention of keeping.