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Moggill needs a new school

Despite the clear need, the Queensland Department of Education has outright refused the community's demands for a high school to serve the Moggill-Bellbowrie area. Around 1500 high school students already live in the area, and are forced to leave - usually by car, down congested Moggill Rd - to get the education they need.  

The justification given for refusing to even consider a high school in Moggill is Education Qld's planning model. The same planning model that, late last year, caused Indooroopilly State High School parents to beg the department to put demountables on the oval because there was no room for hundreds of students. The school's population far exceeds its capacity, but Education Qld failed to notice.

After a Town Hall earlier this year reaffirmed the community's support for a new school, I am supporting the people of Moggill-Bellbowrie to fight for the school they deserve. I've written to the new Education Minister, Di Farmer, to highlight the problems with their broken planning scheme, and to make the case for building a high school. 

Building a high school in Moggill will enable hundreds of families to leave their cars at home, improving the quality of life for everyone on the West Side.

There are multiple other benefits to having children attend high school in their community. For the students, the reduced commute translates to more time for sleep, study and extracurricular activities, which means better overall wellbeing and better educational outcomes. Children also gain the health benefits of walking or cycling to school instead of sitting passively in the back of a car. Children are more likely to socialise with other local children, which builds a sense of community and security as they and their parents develop networks of connections in the neighbourhood.

It also means lower costs for parents, less stress in the mornings (especially for families with multiple children at different schools) and it makes it easier for parents to get involved with their child’s education, and be part of the school community. For the community, a local high school means greater economic vitality for the area, with job opportunities, higher participation in community events and more money spent in neighbourhood shops.

Penny pinching over our kids' education is a false economy. Well-funded public education is essential if we want young Australians to grow into healthy, well-rounded adults. If you want to be part of this campaign, sign up today!