Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

'I'm 100% Behind New School Push'

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

'I'm 100% Behind New School Push'

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PRESSURE is building on the State Government to commit to a long-term plan for a new high school in Ipswich.

Ipswich West MP Jim Madden met with Education Minister Kate Jones last week during parliament to again press the case for a new high school in the Karana Downs, Mount Crosby and Karalee area.

It follows a formal meeting in May last year, after which Mr Madden was told department statistics didn't support the case for a new school within the coming decades.

Regardless, Mr Madden said he was 100% behind the community push and has been working closely with neighbouring MP Dr Christian Rowan, who has agreed to sponsor a related parliamentary petition.

Mr Madden said he also met with Ms Jones on March 1, and again asked her to consider the proposal for a new school.

"I then followed up on that last week in parliament to talk about it again," Mr Madden says.

"It's clear given the (large) catchment size of Ipswich State High School, it's possible that if a new high school were built it might be on the other side of the river in Karana Downs. …

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