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Second chance for residents to save Calliope school plot

NO DEAL: Calliope residents are determined to stop the sale of land previously set aside for a high school, after it failed to sell at auction this week.
NO DEAL: Calliope residents are determined to stop the sale of land previously set aside for a high school, after it failed to sell at auction this week. Rebecca Danslow

WITH the land formerly reserved for a high school passed in at auction, the Calliope community hopes it has another chance to stop the sale.

In a move that outraged community members and local politicians, Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek decided to proceed with the sale of the 14.2 hectare site, which had been set aside for a high school.

The organiser of a petition to stop the sale said the fight was far from over.

Lynda Ninness said the auction had bought campaigners more time.

Gladstone Independent MP Liz Cunningham has backed the campaign and slammed the decision to proceed with the sale.

"He's aware of the community and council's concerns," Ms Cunningham said.

"I'm angry and disappointed. This decision is short-sighted and lacks regard for the community."

Ms Cunningham tabled a petition with over 1600 signatures in parliament last week.

She said the auction result allowed time to emphasise the need to the Minister.

"I remain optimistic the land will be saved."

Daryl Turner has sold real estate in Calliope for 40 years.

He wasn't surprised the land was passed in.

"I didn't think it would sell," he said. "There are no developers buying land at the moment."

Mr Turner said it was undeniably the best spot for the school.

"I don't know how they can say the need isn't here," he said. "All they have to do is count the kids on the buses."

Topics:  calliope development education queensland government



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