In responding to a question in State Parliament today The Minister for Education, John-Paul Langbroek confirmed that the LNP Government is committed to delivering the Highfields State High School by 2015.

Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts has long been championing for a Highfields High School and welcomes the most recent commitment to build the Highfields High School by the Education Minister after years of inaction by the previous Labor Government.

“It is part of the LNP Governments plan to build a better Queensland for all Queensland families and this includes providing this much needed highschool in Highfields.”

“With Highfields being one of the fastest growing communities in our region it is essential that the Highfields High School is built to meet the growing demands into the future,” Mr Watts said.

Stage one of the High School will cater for up to 260 Year 7 and 8 junior secondary students by 2015 school year with an expected 120 year 7 students. Further stages would be proposed, for years 9 and 10 in 2016-17 and for years 11 and 12 in 2018-19, to accommodate an estimated 1000 students.

Local advocate for the Highfields Highschool Mrs Bronwin Cairns is pleased that the LNP Government has not forgotten their election commitment to build the Highfields High school.

“This announcement provides surety for families in Highfields and I look forward to working with the LNP Government to achieve the best possible outcome,” Mrs Cairns said.

Mr Watts believes that the Highfields High School will not only benefit the Highfields community but the townships to the north and west of Highfields as he has been working hard with the Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington to ensure that students are able to attend a high school without traveling a great distance each day.

“This surety is much needed for Highfields families as hundreds of high school students are forced onto buses everyday to travel to Toowoomba,” Mr Watts said.