More school land up for grabs in Gladstone region

MORE government properties in Gladstone set aside for schools are up for grabs, following land at Calliope that was set aside for a high school being put up for auction.

News Ltd reports the State Government is selling 105 properties on its school asset list, with money made going back into school maintenance.

On the list are a number of lots in Flounder Cres, Toolooa, classed as vacant urban land, a lot at 21 Keppel Ave, Clinton, and vacant land at Gladstone St, Mt Larcom.

Land on Dalrymple Drive, Toolooa, that was reserved for a state school also is up for grabs.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said his government had nothing to hide over school asset sales, but refused to release a list of school names, with a list of lot numbers provided instead.

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Residents at Calliope are continuing the fight to save land set aside for a high school, after it failed to sell at auction.

They have been backed by Gladstone Regional Council and local politicians.

Campaigner Lynda Ninness met with Independent Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham last 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."

Delivering her reply to this week's state budget in parliament on Thursday night, Mrs Cunningham said when a departmental officer had come to look at Gladstone and Calliope in relation to the sale of the Calliope site, he believed the extra rooms that were going to be constructed at Gladstone State High School would accommodate students from Calliope.

"However, I think that is optimistic because of the population growth in Calliope," she said.

"There has been no community criticism of the sale of the education site at Toolooa. There has been no public criticism of that sale, but there has been resounding criticism of the proposal to sell the Calliope high school site.

"I have raised it in this place and I still ask the minister to review that decision." 



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