Vandalism, theft and arson heart-breaking for students

SOUTHERN Downs residents are being asked to keep a close eye on their local schools during the Christmas holidays and to report suspicious activity to the School Watch hotline.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said that schools were centres of the community and it was vital to protect them from vandalism and theft.

"The Newman LNP Government is revitalising education and has finally managed to clear Labor's massive maintenance backlog," Mr Langbroek said.

"Our schools have never been in better condition and we're encouraging community groups to make more use of the facilities on their doorsteps.

"But vandalism and break-ins can be heartbreaking for students and staff and others who use school buildings.

"That's why it's vital that our schools are kept safe this Christmas - and the community can help.

"I appeal to anyone who sees anything suspicious around schools over the holidays not to intervene but to call School Watch immediately on 13 17 88."

Mr Langbroek said police or the State Government Protective Security Service would deal with matters of vandalism, theft and arson in and around schools.