Lifeline for Kandanga Creek kids

THE Kandanga Creek State School has been thrown a potential lifeline after having been closed, at least temporarily.

The Queensland Education Department has now announced that the school has been granted a second chance, after its closure late last year.

That announcement was widely attributed to the failed Traveston Crossing dam proposal and moves by the government and its dam construction company, Queensland Water Infrastructure Pty Ltd, to buy up properties in the dam area and nearby, leading to the loss of families previously sending children there.

Gympie MP David Gibson said yesterday he had received advice from the Department for Education and Training that the school could reopen if there was support from the community.

And Mr Gibson said it is now up to the community to show its support for the re-opening, which he said is dependent on sufficient numbers of parents indicating they want to send their children there.

“I consider this a positive move in the right direction, Mr Gibson said.

“Not only do we now have the option to reopen a school that has played a significant role in our community, but it could also provide the area with the opportunity to reconnect.”

The Department of Education and Training has requested anyone interested in enrolling their children at the school for next year to contact its office in writing.

A minimum of 15 student enrolments are needed to make the reopening of the school viable.

“What we need to do as a community now is to work together and show our support in numbers like we have with our fight against the Traveston Crossing dam proposal.

“The future of the school is now in the hands of the community,” Mr Gibson said yesterday.

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