Central Queensland Reform Group Dan McIntyre said now was the time to discuss CQ’s education future.
Central Queensland Reform Group Dan McIntyre said now was the time to discuss CQ’s education future. Sharyn O'Neill ROK040413srent3

Reform group wants concrete answers on future of schools

THE State Government's "coyness" about Central Queensland's education framework has a local reform group wanting something concrete for the region's education system.

Central Queensland Reform Group Dan McIntyre said now was the time to discuss CQ's education future.

In the lead-up to the next Queensland election and with renewed uncertainty surrounding the Gonski reforms, the group wants the region to consider how local schools, the university and TAFE work with each other and within the community.

"Schools have been a constant issue raised at meetings and something we are looking to pursue," Mr McIntyre said.

"The current government has been coy on its school framework and that's something members would like to see brought out into the open.

"What schools are slated for closure and what does this mean for Year 7 students and our high schools? In particular, what does this mean for students in Gracemere?"

CQRG members will discuss the issues with Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne at an upcoming meeting.

Mr Byrne said he was always willing to discuss the issue of education with concerned residents.

"I've been an advocate for education long before I was a member of parliament and will be for a long time to come," Mr Byrne said

"CQRG have raised legitimate points."



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