Backlash to Schools Ag Funding Cut

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has slammed the Government move to axe funding for a popular children’s agricultural education program in Queensland schools.

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She’s demanding that the funding be reinstated as a matter of priority.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s decision to cut funding for ag education shows just how out of touch her government is. When is she going to stop attacking agriculture and our farmers?”

“Education around ag is an important stepping stone for encouraging people to buy our produce. I call on Labor to reinstate this important education funding for the bush.”

The AgForce facilitated program was first introduced in Queensland in 2004 and received $181,000 in annual funding. The State Government says that funding will not be reallocated from the end of this year.

AgForce CEO Michael Guerin says the government’s decision to cut funding as ‘short-sighted’ and says Queensland children would become even more disconnected from where their food comes from.

The program aims to give children an understanding of agricultural industries and provide them with knowledge about where food comes from.

It reached over 10,000 primary and secondary school students each year.

A Dalby based teacher, Janine Milne, has set to work rallying opposition to the government move.

She is using social media to urge other teachers to lobby against the funding cut.

“This is absolutely outrageous – a program and coordinators who put their heart and soul into engaging the next generation of young people into an industry of technology-driven sustainability.”

“The number of school projects that I can name that have been assisted by this program is long and numerous over many years. A call to action of the highest importance, please make as much noise as we possibly can.”