by Jessica Lamb
PROSERPINE State High School has been named as one of 17 schools state wide to be allocated up to $10million for learning facilities and upgrades should Labor be re-elected.
Labor has doubled its commitment to build and refurbish schools in Queensland to more than $1billion.
The pledge came last Friday when Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk committed $500 million to build 10 schools and refurbish 17 schools more than 30 years old.
On a visit to the Whitsundays on Saturday, Minister for Education Kate Jones, who also has family in Proserpine, said the community could count on Labor following through with its pledge.
"I have been in politics a long time and I will not look the Proserpine Principal Don McDermid in the eye and say I will give him funding and not follow through,” she said.
Labor candidate for the seat of Whitsunday Bronwyn Taha said the 55-year-old school was due for an upgrade.
"It's the only state high school in the region and as such the people of the region deserve to have their school facilities to be taken into the twenty first century.”
The total spent on new schools, including the already committed funding and the funding announced by the Premier on Friday is $808 million.
Under the LNP government, six Queensland state schools were closed and since Labor was elected in 2015, four Queensland schools closed.
Labor's shopping list in the Whitsundays includes a $40 million cash injection into upgrading the Whitsunday Coast Airport, flood proofing Hamilton Plains, an Airlie Beach foreshore revitalisation project and a commitment to upgrading the Volunteer Marine Rescue boat ramp.
"The airport upgrade will not only create more local jobs but bring more tourists to the region,” Bronwyn Taha said. "It's a strong vote of confidence in our growing tourism Industry.”