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Get on board the Gonski bus campaign

During March, the Queensland Teachers’ Union, the Australian Education Union and I Give a Gonski community members are catching the Gonski Bus across Australia, sharing some of the fantastic stories that Gonski needs-based funding is making possible in our schools.

The tour marks the launch of volume 2 of the AEU’s “Getting Results: Gonski Funding in Australian Schools” report, which contains the stories of 24 schools that are using their Gonski funding increases to lift results.

During the tour, the bus will be visiting school communities around the state raising awareness of the need to secure the full implementation of Gonski funding and, in particular, explaining why the Turnbull Government should honour years five and six of the Gonski model.

Follow the bus and share some of the fantastic stories that Gonski needs-based funding is making possible


 

The Queensland leg of the National Gonski Bus Tour was  launched on 1 March outside Parliament House in Brisbane, With Education Minister Kate Jones, Attorney General Yvette D’Ath and independent MP Rob Pyne present to give the bus a great send off.

After 10 days touring around Queensland the bus continues on its way through NSW..more details

Early start at DET’s Principals Conference at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, before heading to Upper Coomera State College, which has benefitted from Gonski funds to the tune of $1.9 million and is one of the schools featured in the second volume of Getting Results.

THen back to Beenleigh to deliver a copy of the book to Bert Van Manen, the federal member for Forde.

A long drive for the bus today, leaving Brisbane behind and heading north, visiting Yarrilee State School in Hervey Bay before finally making it to Gladstone.

It’s Saturday, but there’s no break for the Gonski bus. Today it is in Rockhampton, visiting Brittany Lauga MP to present her with her copy of the report.

A visit to Yeppoon today, taking in a visit to the local markets on Morris Street.

First destination of the day is Berserker Street State School, another school that has benefitted hugely from Gonski funding and which features in the new report.

Then the bus heads off to the offices of Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry and Senator Matt Canavan to deliver their copies of the report, before leaving Rockhampton behind and heading for Emerald to present the report to Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd.

On to Biloela to the visit the local high school, before heading back to Gladstone to deliver the report to Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher.

An early start for a visit to Tannum Sands State School before setting course for Bundaberg.

The visit includes visits to Norville State School and Walkervale State School.

Today we’re off to Maryborough, where we’ll be visiting Maryborough West State School and rallying outside the office of the local Federal MP before heading back to Brisbane.

The ten-day Queensland tour ends outside the QTU Union Reps Conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, where the Gonski Bus will be officially handed over to our comrades in the New South Wales Teachers’ Federation, who will continue the tour south of the border.