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“We’re fed up with the secrecy” - Greens MP says RTI documents expose Government’s cynical consultation process for new school

RTI documents uncovered by a local resident show the Government’s plans for a new school were only ever based on it being built at ISHS - despite the fact that they said a site wasn't decided and they'd run community consultation first. 

Greens MP for Maiwar Michael Berkman:

“Not only does the community deserve a say in principle, but they have valuable insights to offer the Department. 

“Locals know what it’s like to try to drive down Lambert Road at 3pm, they know where it’s safe for kids to cross the street, which suburbs are growing and which schools are overcrowded.

“Months after the Department committed to release information that should underpin site selection, like current enrolment mapping and enrolment predictions, we’re still waiting for some transparency.

“Residents want to work with the State Government on this decision. Keeping them in the dark is just making this whole process harder.”

Government should include funds to acquire new land for school in upcoming budget

“From my engagement with the local community, it's clear to me that most residents want to see the Government acquire land for the new school, rather than putting it on existing school sites like ISHS or QASMT.

“The Minister says they’re finally considering alternative sites, which is great - it shows they’ve felt the community pressure. 

“I’m asking them to follow through by reopening consultation and putting money aside in the June Budget for land acquisition.” 

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  • Emerald Moon
    published this page in Media Releases 2021-05-10 15:46:50 +1000