Countdown for Pottsville high
THE countdown is on for Tweed MP Geoff Provest to keep his promise to the people of Pottsville.
In an interview with the Daily News in October and an earlier meeting with residents, Mr Provest promised to bring education minister Adrian Piccoli to Pottsville before Christmas to discuss a high school for the growing town.
But the days are running out.
Earlier this week Mr Provest said he was still working on dates and times.
"He (Mr Piccoli) is aware of the pressures but it's just about fitting it into the schedules," Mr Provest said.
Pottsville resident Troy Potter was behind the push for a Pottsville high school years before Mr Provest was elected into government and has seen the issue shelved many times.
He said this was the second time Mr Provest had failed to fulfil a promise.
"I will imagine it won't happen," Mr Potter said
"It's on top of the original promise to get the demographers here by June 2011.
"We forgave him for that because he hadn't been elected too long, but to make a further promise and to still not follow through is disappointing.
"His credibility is starting to crack."
Mr Potter said he was pleased overall with the MP's attitude towards the community but the issue of secondary education for Pottsville children had been delayed repeatedly.
"We try not to be too hard-nosed and I do believe he does have the community at heart, but we have an issue we want addressed and we just want to keep the pressure on."
A spokesperson for Mr Piccoli said it was highly unlikely the minister would make it to Pottsville before Christmas.