Potential Calliope students gather on the proposed Calliope High School land to protest it's sale. Don Cameron Drive, Calliope. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer
Potential Calliope students gather on the proposed Calliope High School land to protest it's sale. Don Cameron Drive, Calliope. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer Luka Kauzlaric

Calliope mum takes high school fight to education minister

MORE than 1600 signatures, countless hours of research and endless lobbying will go on the line when disgruntled Calliope residents meet with the Education Minister on Sunday.

The State Government is currently in the process of trying to offload land on Don Cameron Dr, which is the proposed site for the Calliope High School.

Earlier this year, the Newman government scrapped plans for a high school in Calliope, instead spending almost $7million on infrastructure at Gladstone State High School to absorb future student numbers.

Calliope resident Lynda Ninness had been actively lobbying local councillors, gathering data and garnering community support to stop the impending sale of the land, as she said the Government figures were simply not adding up.

"The numbers (Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek) is giving me are not conducive to ages. They're just doing a general population count," Mrs Ninness said.

She said the State Government statistics supporting their decision had not accounted for the large number of young families in Calliope, and said within five years the area needed a high school.

Mrs Ninness will meet with Mr Langbroek at 3pm tomorrow at Clinton State School.

The breakdown:

  • The State Government identified student growth hotspots as Brisbane, Townsville and Caloundra
  • Gladstone student growth to leapfrog Townsville by 2021
  • Qld Schools Planning Commission found a 38% increase in Gladstone students by 2021; 66.5% growth by 2031
  • In comparison, Townsville student growth of 23.5% by 2021 and 44.9% by 2031
  • The State Government is still going ahead with the sale of the proposed Calliope High School site