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    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    'Green' transfers benefit teachers, students, environment

    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Thursday, March 13, 2008

    'Green' transfers benefit teachers, students, environment

    More than 100 Brisbane teachers have transferred to schools closer to home as part of a Bligh Government initiative to help combat climate change and improve working conditions for educators.

    Education and Training Minister Rod Welford said the State Government had introduced eco-friendly “green” transfers to reduce the amount of time teachers spend travelling to and from their homes and work each day.

    “This practical new initiative demonstrates our Government’s commitment to tackling climate change and improving teachers’ working conditions,” Mr Welford said.

    “Teachers who live on one side of the river and work on the other are spending a large part of their day travelling long distances in the car or on public transport.

    “We have identified teachers on either side of the river who were travelling further from work than they needed to and who could potentially swap with each other.

    “These transfers are enabling them to teach closer to home and cut commuting time.

    “This has multiple benefits – for our environment, for our teachers and for our students.

    “Our environment will benefit because there will be fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

    “Our teachers will benefit because their work-life balance will improve and our students will benefit because their teachers will have had more time to prepare lessons.”

    Mr Welford said state school teachers were able to apply for the “green” transfers within their regions.

    “Teachers are able to nominate preferred locations and are considered for transfer when positions become available,” he said

    “The schools must agree on the transfer, and teacher needs and workplace requirements are taken into account.”

    Mr Welford said Education Queensland was adjusting existing transfer procedures to enable more widespread adoption of the “green” transfers.

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