Calliope continues school battle inviting Minister to talk

NO DEAL: Calliope residents are determined to hold onto land earmarked for a high school.
NO DEAL: Calliope residents are determined to hold onto land earmarked for a high school. Rebecca Danslow

BACKED by Gladstone Regional Council and local politicians, the Calliope community is continuing its fight for a high school.

Last month, Minister John-Paul Langbroek decided to proceed with the sale of the 14.2 hectare site, which for many years had been set aside for a high school.

But a recent auction saw the land passed in well below the reserve.

For the community, the auction allows more time.

Campaigner Lynda Ninness met with Independent Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham this week.

"We're gathering statistics and figures to prove to the Minister just how important this school is," Ms Ninness said.

"For some reason, he seems to think that Benaraby or Kirkwood will be the site for a new school."

Ms Ninness said Mrs Cunningham would take information to parliament next week.

"We're also going to invite the Minister to come up for a community meeting," she said.

"We want show him ... the need is pressing."



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