Brianne Ninness, 8, holding a placard protesting the sale of the proposed Calliope High School land. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer
Brianne Ninness, 8, holding a placard protesting the sale of the proposed Calliope High School land. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer Luka Kauzlaric

Mum in school land battle to plan for daughter's future

LITTLE Brianne Ninness is only eight, but her determined mum is already planning for her secondary education.

And Lynda Ninness wants the State Government to help.

She has gathered signatures, organised rallies and hunted for the "real'' data, and now the Calliope mum will finally take her case to the top.

Mrs Ninness had been campaigning against the State Government decision to sell off land which was to be the site proposed for Calliope High School.

Despite continued pressure from local Mayor Gail Sellers on Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek, so far the efforts of the Calliope community to reverse the decision have been to no avail.

For Sunday's meeting at Clinton State School, Mrs Ninness will be joined by representatives from each of the schools in the Calliope area, and they will present their case as part of the Community Cabinet.

Ubobo, Nagoorin, Builyan and Biloela communities will be represented.

She said if the land was not retained, and a high school built within five years, her research indicated about 500 kids would have to bus to and from Gladstone for high school every day. Mrs Ninness said the State Government statistics had not taken into account the large concentration of children in Grade 4 and below that went to school in Calliope.

"There are a lot of young families in Calliope and they haven't thought about what happens within the next five years, when these kids will be looking to go to high school," she said.