News

March puts faces to protest against sale of school land

Children join in a march protesting the State Government’s decision to sell off a block of land earmarked for the development of a new high school at Calliope.
Children join in a march protesting the State Government’s decision to sell off a block of land earmarked for the development of a new high school at Calliope. Rebecca Davis

NEARLY 300 residents against the sale of land set aside for a high school in Calliope took to the streets in a peaceful protest on Sunday.

The 14.2ha site was put up for auction in May but didn't sell and remains on the market.

Protesters are continuing to fight the State Government after their petition, which had more than 1700 signatures in two weeks, was tabled in parliament.

Campaign co-ordinator Lynda Ninness said she wanted to show the huge community support with real faces, not just letters on paper.

"The sale of this land needs to be stopped. Calliope is in need of a high school; we are a growing community," she said.

"More than 250 kids are currently bussing it in and out of town every day," she said.

Mrs Ninness said the demand for a new high school wasn't just in Calliope, but for students in neighbouring towns in the Boyne Valley.

Boyne Valley resident Mary Marriage said a high school in Calliope was crucial for the future smaller towns around the region.

"Kids are currently travelling great distances into Gladstone, Tannum Sands or to Monto and when it floods they can't get to school," she said.

"More and more people want to move to the Boyne Valley and more would if there was another option for sending their kids to high school."

Topics:  calliope, education, high school, protest, state government



"Melbourne-like" cafe opens in Gladstone today

ALL HANDS ON DECK: Grand opening of Fresh Fix Café on Goondoon St.

"It's like Melbourne with their lane ways"

"Don't trust indicators”: Driver trainer's message on roundabouts

Candita Hamblin explains why roudnabouts are so problematic amongst Gladstone drivers.

Indicators can't be trusted on some roundabouts.

Local Partners

Lady Gaga confirms Super Bowl show

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to perform in coveted spot

Girls actors give emotional tributes to hit show

Actor Allison Williams

Actors farewell smash hit HBO show Girls after six seasons

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E7: Manifest review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

'Flex muscles': Gladstone suburb drops $120K

BUYERS are scooping unprecedented deals by “flexing their muscles at the table”

Few bright lights for property after mining downturn

The Gladstone Regional Council wants associated LNG companies like Bechtel to be apart of the EIS housing accommodation strategy from the outset of the projects and not mid-way through.

Tannum Sands continues to write its own property success story

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'