Map showing school demand won't stop community calls
A DEMAND map detailing where future schools or infrastructure will be needed in central Queensland will not quell community calls in Gracemere or Calliope, Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek believes.
"They are going to keep on saying they want a school there," he said.
"That is why I have said in Parliament I have consulted with the council about their future plans and it's a bit perverse that we then have the mayor saying, 'I don't want you to sell this land' when we have included them in the discussions about what the planning is."
Mr Langbroek's comments come with the release of school demand maps for three key growth regions in Queensland - Townsville, Caloundra and Brisbane North.
The maps, compiled through the Schools Planning Commission and with local government input, detail student population projections and where schools will be needed in the next 20 years.
The Schools Planning Commission is currently working on the next round of demand maps for Brisbane/Ipswich, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast hinterland before it decides the next areas to target.
Despite the fierce debate surrounding calls for a school in Gracemere at Rockhampton and the sell-off of school-reserved land at Calliope near Gladstone, whether either area will be included in the demand map trial process remains unknown.
Schools Planning Commission chairman Bob Quinn said the group focused on the complex regions to start with to get the processes right before the Commission went around the rest of the state.
But Mr Langbroek added the Commission's work had been used not in terms of having a specific map "but saying we have got to get away from the anecdotal evidence".
"We have got to get beyond this thing of 'I have housing a development here and a developer promised me I would have a school'," he said.
"That's not how we think we should be planning for schools."
Mr Langbroek reiterated his previous stance that a new school should be west of Tannum Sands and south of Gladstone.
By the end of the year, the Schools Planning Commission aims to have analyses of the top growth areas in Queensland, including Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg.