On Wednesday evening 5 March the QCEC delivered a presentation to Members of State Parliament about the challenges of meeting demand for new and expanded schools as Queensland’s population grows rapidly over the next two decades.
The presentation built on the recent work of the Queensland Schools Planning Commission in which the Catholic sector has played a significant role.
Around 25 MPs attended the presentation including Minister John Paul Langbroek who responded on behalf of the State government.
QCEC Executive Director Mike Byrne said the Minister spoke of his strong support for the Catholic sector and the commitment of the State government to work in partnership with the schooling sectors to meet these growth challenges.
He said it was also pleasing that new Shadow Minister for Education and Training Yvette D’ath was able to attend the function, along with Chair of the schools planning commission Mr Bob Quinn, and representatives from Catholic school authorities, Education Queensland and Independent Schools Queensland.
“Meeting the schooling needs of our growing population will be a major challenge for all education providers in Queensland over the next two decades and beyond.
“The Catholic sector seeks to work in partnership with the State government and other schooling providers to proactively address this challenge,” Mike Byrne said.