Politician rocks local school
PETER Garrett rocked up at Bundamba State School and was in awe of the way it has bounced back from the January floods.
Every room in the school was inundated but thanks partly to Federal Government Building the Education Revolution (BER) funding and strong leadership it has bounced back strongly.
The former Midnight Oil lead singer and Minister for School Education said he was proud to be part of a government that has also played a major role in the recovery.
Mr Garrett acknowleged that the floods had a significant impact on the school and studenst in terms of trauma and devastation.
"To recover so quickly and get the school back and running in the time that people did was a huge feat and a great tribute to the community, the teachers and volunteers," he said.
"As a Federal minister I was really proud of the effort that was put in throughout Queensland where despite going through this natural disaster and some people suffering sad and traumatic losses... the doors of the school were open and kids could come back. That is what happened here and it is a tribute to everyone involved.
"We have modernised Australian schools with this (BER) program, which everybody is starting to realise was a winner.To know that there are new buildings in this school that will serve the kids and community well into teh future is very satisfying."
Federal Memner for Blair, Shayne Neumann, said he had wanted Mr Garrett to visit a school that had shown "determination, commitment and resilience" in the flood aftermath.
He praised the leadership of principal Marlene Eltham in the recovery