STILL WAITING FOR AN ANSWER
The people of Griffith are entitled to question the continued debacle that is Adrian Piccoli's big school project. Mr Piccoli's initial argument for the merging of Griffith HS and Wade HS was that the merger would lead to all kinds of wonderful outcomes for public high school students.
Chief among these was that the merger would lead to "significantly improved student outcomes" presumably including academic outcomes for individual students.
The students, parents and teachers did not force Mr Piccoli to come up with his brilliant disaster. They did not create the staff shortages that have plagued the school sites over the last four years. The NSW Government and education department are totally responsible for those. They did not grant contracts for works that have dragged on now for four years and are still far from complete.
They did not tell the teachers that they should follow Mr Piccoli's call to "leave town" if they did not agree with Mr Piccoli's flawed vision. And they did not create the chaos on the school sites that have disrupted the teaching and learning in the schools with constant building noise, dust, confusion and broken promises.
Whatever did become of that "gymnasium" promised by the Nats candidate Austin Evans at the last state election? And no, a multipurpose centre or tarted-up hall is not a gymnasium.
NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell still has not answered that question, asked of her almost a year ago. Namely, "As a parent, if your child was a student in a school where teachers reported their job satisfaction as 23.8 per cent (down from 52.8 per cent last year (2018), and 58 per cent lower than the national average of 89.1 per cent (2018)), how would you feel, and how do expect parents of public schools in Griffith to feel about sending their kids to the local public high school where teaching morale has been so badly eroded by the great plan of the former minister, the person who told teachers who didn't agree with his plan to "leave town"?
Come on, Minister! Stand in front of a public meeting in Griffith and give us your answer.
So, the public school kids of Griffith continue to pay the price of political decisions that have sucked funding away from public schools and made the challenges even greater, not less.
Give us back our public high schools!
Kevin Farrell, Beelbangera
FRUIT FLY IS A NATIONAL ISSUE
September 2012 was the year that the State Liberal/National Government and the Department of Primary Industries announced plans to walk away from the program of eradication of Queensland fruit fly, leaving farmers and residents solely responsible for keeping the pest out.
In other words, they do not want to be responsible for saving the fruit industries and government saving money by scrapping the funding. The MIA was the fruit bowl of the Riverina and no fruit was allowed in, as it was a quarantine area.
How many people got fined $200 for coming in with fruit and how many people can remember going out to the farms and buying apricots, peaches, nectarines, pears and making apricot jam and preserving the beautiful fruit, we have lost all that.
Times have changed and not for the better and who is responsible for the eradication of fruit fly in Griffith and other towns?
I picked up a lemon from the ground took it inside, then I noticed a maggot on the sink and it jumped and that is what a fruit fly maggot does.
Fruit fly attacks tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants, peaches, apricots, plums, pears and figs. How many people have removed their backyard fruit trees?
This year the fruit fly is out of control and we have no warning and no given advice by anyone in regard to the control of fruit fly and people who go on holidays should be asked to remove their fruit.
Government has placed the responsibility on the eradicating of the Queensland fruit fly on growers and backyard fruit and veggies growers.
NSW fruit growers contribute $1.4 billion to the horticulture industry. It's time to tackle Queensland fruit fly nationally.
Fran Pietroboni, Griffith
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