Premier Anna Bligh and 2010 student Jack Barlow check out the Peregian Springs school under construction.
Premier Anna Bligh and 2010 student Jack Barlow check out the Peregian Springs school under construction.

Uninvited guests rain on parade

It was a case of now you see her now you don’t when Queensland premier Anna Bligh made a lightning visit to the Coast last week for the first time since July last year.

During a brief stop at the new Peregian Springs state school building site for a hardhat photo opportunity, Ms Bligh defended the location of the school, which cut across a koala corridor, and said providing an education for children in the region took precedence.

Powerline Action Group Eumundi campaigners Mike and Jenny Tsilfidis managed to infiltrate the tightly controlled gathering by describing themselves as P&C members.

In response to their questions, Ms Bligh pledged to examine issues relating to the powerline roll-out through sensitive wildlife habitat, issues previously raised in correspondence to her but to which she has never personally responded.

She later expressed annoyance at the public’s infiltration of the occasion.

The school is due to open in January 2010 with accommodation for up to 370 students.

The prep-to-Year-7 facility is expected to take some pressure off Coolum Primary School, which has more than 1000 students.


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