By Juliano Oliveira
The location of the first inner suburban primary school in Brisbane in more than 60 years has become the subject of public consultation.
The Queensland Government has identified as potential sites for a new school the former Toowong Bowls Club and part of the Indooroopilly State High School’s land. Information about the development and more details on the public survey are available via the project web page.
Education Minister Grace Grace said locals had acknowledged the genuine need for a new local primary school and the difficulties in finding an ideal site in a densely developed area like the inner west.
“The Government is working with the local community to make a fully-informed decision when it comes to the location of this new school,” she said.
“The start date for the school has also been extended to 2024 to respond to the community’s calls for more time for consultation before a decision.
“The pressure on local schools has also eased slightly with state school enrolment numbers this year slightly lower than forecast, which is consistent with trends nationally.”
The most recent primary school to open in Brisbane’s inner suburbs was Seven Hills State School in Morningside, which opened in 1960. The State Government has reserved $65 million to build the new school.
“I’d encourage local families and residents to continue to contribute to this investment in their local community and the future education of local children,” Ms Grace said.
She affirmed that her department would finalise the location by the end of the year.