The LNP remains committed to the needs of Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) schools following an education roundtable discussion on Russell Island this morning.

Shadow Minister for Education and Training Tim Mander hosted the discussion with local MP Matt McEachan. They met with Russell and Macleay Island principals, chaplains and local child care providers.

Mr Mander said the Government needed to address the inadequacies SMBI educators faced on a daily basis.

“We need to give our children the best start to life and our schools need to be equipped with the tools to do this.

“Unfortunately the geographical isolation of the Bay Islands has created a shortfall in support and resources for students and the teaching faculty,” Mr Mander said.

Mr McEachan said he called on the Government to designate Russell and Macleay Island state schools as remote, rather than regional schools.

“A change in classification would mean extra resources and extra funding.

“This would inevitably give parents and teachers access to the education and support systems they require to create healthier learning environments for the students.”