Labor’s school planning process is a shambles. There is no plan for the future to build the schools that Queensland needs.
In 2015 the LNP’s Schools Planning Commission was scrapped by Labor. Labor does not have a real plan to deliver schools across Queensland.
Sadly for Queenslanders, Labor has only delivered one extra school outside of the LNP’s schools program between.
In government, the LNP established the Queensland Schools Planning Commission.
The Commission consulted key stakeholder groups, including senior representatives from:
- The three schooling sectors
- Local Government
- Parents, and
- State Government agencies involved in strategic infrastructure planning.
As a result of the work of the Commission, the LNP delivered 10 new schools across Southeast Queensland through an innovative public-private partnership arrangement. The LNP also delivered the Highfields State High School for the people of Toowoomba. Toowoomba is a high growth region and Labor had no plan to deliver a new school for the region.
The LNP also tackled a $300 million maintenance backlog left by Labor, so that our existing schools were safe and comfortable for our kids.
OUR REAL PLAN
A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will re-establish the Queensland Schools Planning Commission to provide independent advice on the future needs of schools all across Queensland.
The Queensland Schools Planning Commission will be planning for the future of more than 500,000 students by determining where new schools should be built as well as major upgrades to existing schools.
The Queensland Schools Planning Commission will have a board with members experienced, in planning, infrastructure, education, and demography.
The board itself will comprise one chairperson and four other members.
We will invest $1.464 million over 3 years to deliver the Queensland Schools Planning Commission.
The Department of Education will provide secretariat support to the Queensland Schools Planning Commission. The Government Statistician will also support the Commission.