News

Land sale dashes Calliope families hopes for a high school

Rebecca Taylor, second from left, with, from left, Grace, 15, Matthew, 8, and Jack, 13.
Rebecca Taylor, second from left, with, from left, Grace, 15, Matthew, 8, and Jack, 13. Rebecca Danslow GLACALL

CALLIOPE mum Rebecca Taylor had hoped her youngest son would have the chance to attend high school in his home town.

But the government's decision this week to proceed with the sale of land set aside for a secondary school has shattered the hope of many residents.

A 5.6 hectares site has sat unused for many years for future development of a high school.

Rebecca said selling the land was a waste and disheartening.

Her youngest son Matthew is currently in Year 3 at Calliope State School, and older siblings Grace and Jack catch the bus to Gladstone State High.

"I was hoping there'd be a school for Matthew when he's in Year 7," Rebecca said.

"This area could really use a high school."

Rebecca said the need for a high school was clear.

"Our state school is bursting to the brim," she said.

"The area's seen such growth and it's only going to get bigger; look at all the development around."

Rebecca said commuting was a big commitment for parents, especially if children took part in extra activities outside of school hours.

"If they have training before school, or something after, it makes it a really long day," she said.

"The high schools in town are also very full."

Rebecca said the younger student also felt the effects of the high schoolers having to commute.

"A friend of mine who lives out from Calliope has to leave to put the kids on the bus at 6.30am," she said.

"The bus has to get into Calliope early enough to get the high school kids into Gladstone."

"It means these little kids are up before 6.30am and only getting home at 5pm."

Topics:  calliope, gladstone, high school, land sale



'Biggest meteor in years' crashes near Gladstone

FIREBALL: The Orionid meteor shower will provide a light show later this month. Photo: contributed

“This sounds like a big one, first in several years."

Granddad tells of granddaughter's horror abduction ordeal

GLADSTONE grandfather recounts how he was woken by the screams.

WATCH: Burning object crashes near Gladstone, lights up sky

A meteorite may have been spotted crashing to earth this evening.

SPECULATION rife that a meteorite is soaring across Gladstone's sky.

Local Partners

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

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

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

Angelina is blocking calls from Brad Pritt

Angelina Jolie has reportedly blocked Brad Pitt's number.

Apocalyptica 'seek and destroy' sceptics with 'master' set

Apocalyptica play Max Watts in Brisbane on their Shadowmaker Tour.

Review of final show of Apocalyptica's tour

$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'

Market opens as Gladstone sellers drop prices to force sale

VENDORS are dropping the price on houses to force a sale.