Calliope land sale goes ahead despite resident protests
THE sale of land set aside for a high school in Calliope will go ahead tonight, despite the efforts of community members, with Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek deciding not to delay the sale.
The 14.2 hectare site will go under the hammer at the Grand Hotel.
For the past month, Calliope mum Lynda Ninness has headed up a petition to stop the sale.
The petition, which has more than 1600 signatures, was tabled in parliament this week by Independent Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham, a firm supporter of the campaign.
Ms Ninness said community members were disappointed the sale was going ahead.
"People aren't happy," she said. "I've encouraged people to go along to the auction tonight and make some noise about the decision."
Ms Ninness said she did not believe the Minister had considered the petition.
"It's very disappointing," she said. "There's not really much else we can do."
Mr Langbroek told the ABC that Calliope was growing slowly and would not be considered for a high school before areas west of Tannum Sands and south of Gladstone.
"I'm happy to again put on record that I want to work with the local member and the Mayor of Gladstone to come to an agreement on this matter, but in the meantime we won't be delaying the sale," he said.