New schools planned for region but no land set aside
THE State Government says it aims to build three new schools and expand one in Gladstone within seven years, but has not yet put aside any land to do so.
As part of new demand maps released by the department of education recently, the government said it was planning for one new high school and primary school in the Clinton-New Auckland area, and a new primary school in the Boyne-Tannum area by the end of this decade.
However, the education department confirmed Thursday night that no land had yet been put aside for these projects.
"The acquisition of new land for an expansion or new school will be sought when budget is available," central Queensland region director Wayne Butler said.
It is believed the department had earmarked a site near Toolooa, but has decided to sell this off.
One option for the State Government would be to work with new housing development proponents to possibly include a school as part of any future project.
Aside from the more immediate projects, the government said an expansion of capacity at a Boyne-Tannum primary school might be on the cards from 2021-2031.
Another point of contention with the latest planning figures was confirmation there would be no new high school in the Calliope area.
The department said the added capacity of a new high school in Clinton-New Auckland would be enough to serve students from the hinterland area.
"The predicted population growth in a catchment area is a key consideration when planning a new high school," Mr Butler said.
"As such, anticipated student growth in the Gladstone hinterland is a consideration when planning a new high school in Clinton-New Auckland."
The latest planning data indicated there would be an additional 470 high school students from the Gladstone hinterland by the end of 2021, with another 259 students during the 2021-2031 period.
Earlier this year Calliope residents expressed outrage at the Newman Government's decision to sell land slated for a high school.