Rumours scare residents
COMMUNITY agnst is growing in the Boyne Valley over concerns about removal of state government-funded services.
Gladstone Regional Councillors raised the issues of the Nagoorin State School potential closure and rumours circulating about Many Peaks Police Station earmarked for closure.
The Nagoorin State School was one of 15 schools across the state earmarked for mothballing and potential future closure.
Cr Craig Bulter said there were rumours the police at Many Peaks may be removed from that area, with concerns about the one-hour travel time for any police officer to attend the area if the station was closed.
Cr Clyde Cameron said there has been angst in the community about closure of schools, with the recent property sales needing to be factored into Queensland Education’s calculations when considering Nagoorin’s future.
He said there were four blocks auctioned in the Boyne Valley on the weekend, which were earmarked for houses to be built.
Cr Gail Sellers said the Boyne Valley CWA had remarked about their excitement on the property sales.
A Queensland Police spokesperson said there have been ongoing deliberations in relation to the effectiveness of current policing responsiveness to smaller communities, including Gladstone Police District.
“There has been no public announcement made in relation to the closure of any police station in the Gladstone Police District nor are any intended to be made in the near future.”