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    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Media Release: Minister announces the future for Fanfare and CGEN

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Media Release: Minister announces the future for Fanfare and CGEN


    Education, Training and Employment Minister, John-Paul Langbroek today confirmed Fanfare, the biennial music festival for Queensland state school bands and orchestras will conclude this year.

    Minister Langbroek assured students and parents that this year’s event, to be held at QPAC on Tuesday, 31 July until Thursday, 2 August would still go ahead.

    He said the decision was made to cease the program, which costs $88,000 as part of the Newman Government’s plan to get Queensland’s budget back on track and keep the LNP’s promise to protect frontline services.

    "We are working hard to make savings to repair Labor's destructive legacy as Queensland heads towards a $100 billion debt. That's why difficult decisions need to be made.

    “I am pleased to announce Creative Generation (CGEN), a much loved state-wide school stage show spectacular will be exempt from these savings.

    “CGEN brings more than 1500 students together from all over the state and is operated through a private public partnership which reduces the burden on Queensland taxpayers.
    “Our primary and secondary school students have been performing at CGEN for eight years and it has become a stand out event in our school calendar, boosting our kids’ confidence and creativity.”

    Minister Langbroek said he had submitted $22.8million in savings from his portfolio by reducing expenditure on Parent Awareness Strategies, cutting advertising and reducing research and policy programs.

    More savings are still needed to be made.

    “We’re reviewing grants to external organisations and working hard to achieve budget savings targets.”

    Minister Langbroek said his focus was on providing the highest quality teaching and learning for Queensland children from crayon to career whilst protecting front line services.

    [ENDS] 19 July, 2012
    Media contact: Danyelle Nolan 0408 410 930