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Zed earmarks schools for re-opening

By johnboy - 5 September 2008 21

The ABC has word on the Liberals early musings on what schools they’ll re-open.

Melrose and Lyons are beyond salvation, but Zed has high hopes he can save Flynn, Cook, Hall and Tharwa.

Is there a quota in a promise to save Cook?

What’s Your opinion?


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Zed earmarks schools for re-opening
Deadmandrinking 12:24 pm 06 Sep 08

Swaggie said :

It’s got to be a better ‘policy’ than grandly announcing “no more school closures” as their recent ads were doing – A Hollow policy if ever there was one. This bickering, in fighting, and pathetic bunch of Liberals are beyond electable anyway…. they can have all the “musings’ they like…

Unfortunately, since Labor has managed to make so many people in Canberra annoyed, partially because of incompetence on the party’s part and partially because Canberrans tend to be a bunch of spoiled whingers, there’s a good chance this silly alternative will get in.

Silly, silly times ahead, people…

Swaggie 9:01 am 06 Sep 08

It’s got to be a better ‘policy’ than grandly announcing “no more school closures” as their recent ads were doing – A Hollow policy if ever there was one. This bickering, in fighting, and pathetic bunch of Liberals are beyond electable anyway…. they can have all the “musings’ they like…

BerraBoy68 7:30 am 06 Sep 08

peterh said :

MrMagoo said :

Play devils advocate here, what happens to those community organisations that have just been told they have space at the above mentioned former school sites like Cook.. Seems to me you’d please one community only to upset another.

Anyway, good luck Zeddy

mt neighbor is to be ripped down, don’t know what happens to the preschool next door.

The preschool reamains open. One of my kids goes there.

bd84 9:56 pm 05 Sep 08

emd said :

Clearly there’s a case for small schools in rural residential areas like Hall and Tharwa.
The community at Cook are passionately in support of their school, so there’s another obvious one. I hope that these schools do re-open, there will be lots of happy families there.

But it would be interesting to see the Liberals’ justification for choosing which schools to re-open. Is it just about which community looks the most like they’d change their votes based on the school re-opening? I hope it’s more than just that. There needs to be consideration given to how many children are in a given area, and how many other schools service the area. In Chifley/Pearce, we now have NO school within walking distance, and we don’t have school buses to take children to & from public primary schools elsewhere.

Easy justification there, Cook and Flynn still had decent student numbers in the region of 200+ students. Lyons and Melrose Primary schools were never going to be viable because they simply did not have the student numbers to support the schools. From memory they both had about 100 students, if that. I fully support closing schools that just don’t have the numbers in city areas, and it was always going to be the case where some schools needed to close, it was just rediculous that they decided to close schools in advance of having the need to do so.

As for no school in walking distance, they might have survived if people in the area actually sent their children to the local school. Keeping a school open with 90 odd pupils just so they can walk to school is crazy, most children have mummy and daddy drop them off in the morning these days anyway.

As for the promise to reopen the schools, I think the length of time in which these buildings have gone unmaintained and neglected may ultimately prevent them from being reopened. It’s often difficult to fix previous governments fckups!

NickD 8:56 pm 05 Sep 08

I note the lack of any costings in Zed’s announcement. Is he hoping that the government will provide the numbers for him so that he can get round to releasing the actual policy?

Special G 7:48 pm 05 Sep 08

Personally I think smaller community schools achieve a better result. Combined with bonuses of walking to school, not having parents buses take kids to other areas. Less before and after school care required. It’s all good.

Gubmint should be opening more schools which would see less money needed to be spent on places like Bimberi.

grunge_hippy 6:36 pm 05 Sep 08

its all too late…

magella 6:14 pm 05 Sep 08

I’m calling bulls**t on Zed…

Deadmandrinking 4:32 pm 05 Sep 08

peterh said :

I would prefer to have an open school (mt neighbor), than have the kiddies catching a subsidised bus to urambi.

As long as they can walk to school, that’s all that really matters isn’t it?

peterh 4:31 pm 05 Sep 08

MrMagoo said :

Play devils advocate here, what happens to those community organisations that have just been told they have space at the above mentioned former school sites like Cook.. Seems to me you’d please one community only to upset another.

Anyway, good luck Zeddy

mt neighbor is to be ripped down, don’t know what happens to the preschool next door.

MrMagoo 4:29 pm 05 Sep 08

Play devils advocate here, what happens to those community organisations that have just been told they have space at the above mentioned former school sites like Cook.. Seems to me you’d please one community only to upset another.

Anyway, good luck Zeddy

peterh 3:43 pm 05 Sep 08

I would prefer to have an open school (mt neighbor), than have the kiddies catching a subsidised bus to urambi.

Gungahlin Al 3:13 pm 05 Sep 08

Good!

emd 2:56 pm 05 Sep 08

Clearly there’s a case for small schools in rural residential areas like Hall and Tharwa.
The community at Cook are passionately in support of their school, so there’s another obvious one. I hope that these schools do re-open, there will be lots of happy families there.

But it would be interesting to see the Liberals’ justification for choosing which schools to re-open. Is it just about which community looks the most like they’d change their votes based on the school re-opening? I hope it’s more than just that. There needs to be consideration given to how many children are in a given area, and how many other schools service the area. In Chifley/Pearce, we now have NO school within walking distance, and we don’t have school buses to take children to & from public primary schools elsewhere.

Deadmandrinking 2:40 pm 05 Sep 08

Look forward to more schools with f-k all resources, people…

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