Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt invited residents to have their say on the future of the State’s education system at a community consultation forum on Friday 21 May at Yarrabah.

“To date more than 1,600 Queenslanders have had their say at more than 60 forums that began in Townsville on 18 February and have been held in centres ranging from Weipa to Warwick,” Mr Pitt said.

“Participants have been eager to voice their opinions on the education Green Paper A Flying Start for Queensland Children.

“I attended the Innisfail forum in March and the plan to move Year 7 to secondary school by 2014 was a hotly debated topic, with discussions focused around providing adequate resources for such a proposal.

“Forum participants have clearly valued the opportunity to have their say and it is encouraging to receive so many suggestions from community members on ways to help families prepare their children for school.

“There was also strong interest from community members in our plans to introduce volunteers – Queensland Ready Readers – to assist children with reading in our primary schools.

“The forums have proven a very valuable way of gathering meaningful feedback and significant contributions have been made by school students as well as parents, teachers and the general community.”

Mr Pitt said the Green Paper outlined the challenges facing education in Queensland and put forward proposals to improve young children’s readiness for school, and to ensure high performance standards for all Queensland schools.

“I encourage as many people as possible to attend the forums which will be held throughout the state before the end of June,” he said.

The proposals in A Flying Start for Queensland Children followed on from the introduction of Prep and the ‘earning or learning’ reforms that came out of the Education and Training Reforms for the Future discussion paper in 2003.

“They will complement our investment in early childhood services, including the rollout of up to 240 new kindergartens by 2014 and funding of kindergarten programs in long day care centres,” Mr Wilson said.

“I look forward to working with the community to ensure all Queensland children and young people get the flying start to learning they deserve.”

The Yarrabah forum will be held on Friday 21 May at 12.00 pm to 2.00pm in the community room at Yarrabah State School, Noble Drive, Yarrabah.

RSVPs to the community forum can be made via a free call 1800 452 056 or email

Responses to the paper can also be made online at the Queensland Government website or by email, fax or post until the end of June this year.

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