Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

New Education Minister Goes to School on Flood Damage; Cameron Dick in First-Hand Look at Repair Job before Him

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

New Education Minister Goes to School on Flood Damage; Cameron Dick in First-Hand Look at Repair Job before Him

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Byline: Emma McBryde Emma.McBryde@capnews.com.au

NEW Education Minister Cameron Dick was schooled on the subject of snakes when he visited Port Curtis Road State School yesterday.

During question time with Mr Dick, many of the flood-affected students instead told their own tales of slithery serpents they had seen throughout Rockhampton when the Fitzroy River burst its banks.

But the children were quick to reassure Mr Dick there were none at the school.

He has been visiting schools across Queensland affected by floods and Cyclone Yasi. The 73 students at Port Curtis, the worst flood-affected school in the state, had many facilities destroyed, including a tuckshop and a classroom.

A blue mark 1.2m high on one of the buildings underlined the severity of the flooding this year.

Students Owen Hudson and Chris Jukes presented the minister with calendars representing the school's determination to look forward.

aIt is very upsetting when school buildings, teaching resources and student work is damaged or destroyed, but it's great to see these school communities rallying together to recover,a Mr Dick said. …

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