21.4 C
Byron Shire
May 13, 2021

‘Provest High’ missing in action

Latest News

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Other News

Respect for Country

Léandra Martiniello, Whian Whian It is the night of the full moon, I have just watched it rise. On the...

Creative carbon capture

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’...

Humans suck

Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores I heard on the local news late this afternoon (April 20) that a 370kg tuna ...

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Interview with Mell and Zara from the Byron Comedy Fest

After a year under a COVID-19 hiatus, The Byron Comedy Fest is back! Next Thursday sees this fledgling event open the doors to its second weekend presenting all that is fabulous and funny. Set on the Byron beachfront at the Byron Surf Club and styled as a classy bespoke beachside speakeasy, this event is the creative lovechild of besties Zara Noruzi and Mell Coppin.

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered...

Tweed MP Geoff Provest’s commitment to deliver on a promise for a new high school in Pottsville has been called into question in state parliament.

Labor’s spokesperson for Tweed, Walt Secord, urged the state government to honour its commitment ‘as promised by Mr Provest’ to build a school ‘for the 305 students in Pottsville so that they do not have to travel for more than one hour by bus to attend high school’.

Mr Secord told parliament he had asked the question after the education department had ‘insisted that there was no promise to create a high school at Pottsville’.

‘We are talking about more than 300 students from the Pottsville area who have to travel to Kingscliff to go to high school. The community has strong views and believe they deserve their own high school.

‘It is also putting real pressure on Kingscliff High School. However, the Department of Education has thrown cold water on the plan. It is time for Tweed MP Mr Geoff Provest to stand up to the bureaucrats and start delivering for Pottsville,’ Mr Secord said.

In his pre-election ‘Tweed Action Plan’ Mr Provest made the commitment that the next school built in the Tweed would be a high school in Pottsville.

At a recent Pottsville Community Association meeting, he also promised to bring education minister Adrian Piccoli to Pottsville to meet with residents.

The department maintains that they are ‘constantly reviewing the educational needs of the Tweed’.

But community association member Troy Potter told media that the department should not expect parents to agree to putting their children on a bus for more than an hour to get to school.

Mr Potter said it was pointless waiting till existing schools reached capacity as it would take years to build a new high school.

‘Mr Provest needs to go in to bat for us,’ he said.

Mr Provest is overseas this week on parliamentary duties and could not be contacted for comment but a spokesperson told Echonetdaily he ‘won’t let go’ of the high school issue and was still ‘in discussions’ with the minister over it.

‘He’s also hopeful that the minister will visit here by the end of the year as the high school is on his list of things to get done,’ the spokesperson said.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.

Trainspotters

Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...

Remembering Bentley

Saturday 15 May is the seventh anniversary of Victory Day at the historic Bentley Blockade, just west of Lismore.

Travelling at the speed of lies

When Tim Berners-Lee and others created the architectural foundations of the world wide web, they did so with the vision of openness, idea sharing, and trust. Human nature has a way of making things more complicated, of course.