Council concern over new Tannum Sands school


THE Catholic diocese may have committed a legal sin by opening St Francis Primary School in Tan- num Sands too soon, according to Calliope Shire Council.

At its meeting yesterday coun- cillors expressed concern the school was being used before all processes had been completed. One of the concerns was that the school might not be a safe site as there was no confirmation that all relevant inspections had been carried out.

'I guess the council is invoking duty of care,' planning officer Russell Schuler said after the meeting.

'It might be an indication the school was opened before it was properly finished.'

However, he said it was also possible all processes were in place, but that only the Certificate of Classification was missing.

The meeting expressed concern there were not enough safeguards in respect to private certification to ensure all process were in place before a Certificate of Classifica- tion was issued.

The council is to pursue that matter with the rele- vant government departments.

Assistant to the director (administration) of the Diocesan Education Office, Jim King, yesterday said council's attitude was 'disappointing''.

'We have the Certificate of Classification for the buildings we are occupying,' Mr King said.

He said the school was a staged development and so there were buildings (the administration block and an additional class- room) that were still being com- pleted. But these were unoc- cupied.

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