Calliope land fails to sell in a boost for protestors
DESPITE the efforts of community members, the land set aside for a high school in Calliope went under the hammer last night.
But only one bidder came forward, offering a price that fell under the reserve.
Calliope mum Lynda Ninness is thrilled the block didn't sell.
"I'm happy it didn't sell," she said. "It gives us time to make more noise."
Earlier this week, Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek decided to proceed with the sale of the 14.2 hectare site.
The move has disappointed community members, who for the past month have rallied to save the land.
Ms Ninness organised a petition to try to prevent the sale.
The petition, with 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 with the outcome.
"People aren't happy," she said. "I've encouraged people to go along to the auction 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."
Ms Ninness said she'd seen rapid growth in Calliope since moving there in 2004.
"We need to stop the sale for the future of our kids out here.
"The schools in town are increasingly full and there's so much congestion on the roads already."
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.