Projections call for four new schools in Gladstone area

THE Gladstone area could be in line for two new primary and two new secondary schools in the next 20 years as projections show more than 6300 new students must be accommodated.

The Queensland Schools Planning Commission’s mapping tools predicts there will be an extra 2936 primary school students and 3387 secondary school students by 2031.

The Boyne Island-Tannum Sands area is expected to have the biggest boom with up to 600 new primary-age students needing a new school inside 10 years, which should be sufficient for the extra 562 students expected in the second decade.

The 800 new secondary school students in the area by 2021 will mean an existing school will need expanding.

With an extra 481 students expected in the second decade, an extra secondary school could be on the cards.

There will also be high demand in the Clinton-New Auckland area with almost 1000 new primary school students necessitating a new school inside 10 years.

A new secondary school will be built in the same period to cope with more than 1100 extra students.

The Agnes Waters area is expected to remain relatively stable with a planned independent school expected to provide additional capacity in the foreseeable future.

An existing school in Calliope might need expanding in the next decade but the Gladstone Hinterland schools are expected to cope because of extra schools in neighbouring areas.

Parents in the Calliope area have been fighting to save land set aside for a high school that is now being sold by the State Government.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said Gladstone was a hot spot under analysis from government statisticians.

“Everyone’s knowledge, planning and expertise has been taken into account, so that decisions… can be based on the most accurate information possible,” he said.

“Accessible education and well-planned communities have been identified by Queenslanders as priorities for the new Queensland Plan.”

The first report and maps were released in July with the next release due mid-2014.

The public can enter their address online to see where current local schools are located, what the projected change in school population will be and where proposed land developments are located for two decade periods of 2011 to 2021 and 2021 to 2031.

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