Communities given increased access to school facilities

REGIONAL Queensland schools could inject much needed funds into their coffers under a new plan which allows them to hire out their facilities when they are not being used.

Under the plan schools across the state will have an obligation to make their facilities available to the community outside of school hours.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said on Sunday students, schools and locals would benefit from greater flexibility and to form partnerships that benefited the whole community.

He said the use of school facilities would not interfere with teaching and learning.

"The number one function and focus of all Queensland state schools will always be the delivery of quality education," he said.

"Outside of school hours there is a real opportunity for schools to engage with communities and make the most of their fantastic facilities.

"Many of our schools are equipped with sporting fields, courts, multipurpose halls and even auditoriums that can be of great use to these groups and organisations in the local community.

"This is the first time an overarching policy had been established to support principals and streamline the process of hiring out facilities."