Members favour new school

PARENTS campaigning for a new high school in Karana Downs found support from the Federal Government at the weekend, despite the State Government saying it was unnecessary.

Campaigner Swee-Wan Carpenter joined Federal Member for Ryan Michael Johnson, Member for Blair Cameron Thompson and State Liberal Leader Member for Moggill Dr Bruce Flegg in addressing a packed public forum at the Karana Downs Country Club on Sunday.

More than 40 parents attended the meeting to listen to the speaker's views on the issue.

All three politicians expressed their support for the school even though a State Government statement released last month said high school-age student numbers weren't sufficient to warrant a new school.

At the time, Education and Training Minister Rod Welford announced the design and planning of an upgrade to Kenmore State High School.

Mr Welford said the expansion would allow additional students to attend the school, with preference given to students in the Mount Crosby, Karana Downs and Karalee areas.

However, a recent survey conducted in the area found 80 per cent of recipients had children of high school age and, if established, would attend a high school in the area.

The survey also found 95 per cent of recipients participants were dissatisfied with the area's current high school facilities, saying they were not adequate for local families.

Dr Flegg supported his fellow Liberal leaders saying high schools had an optimum size and the State Government couldn't keep increasing Kenmore High School indefinitely. "Progressively, students from this area are going to be shut out."

Mrs Carpenter started a petition for the school earlier this year with more than 2500 names listed.



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