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Calliope school land off the market

Gladstone Observer, 13th March 2015

THE land earmarked for a high school in Calliope is now off the market.

The announcement was made today at the site on Don Cameron Dr, and Calliope residents are ecstatic.

The land has long been earmarked for a high school, but at the LNP State Government’s request it was put on the market in 2013.

The ALP promised to take the land back and Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher was pleased he had ticked off his first task as the new member of parliament.

“The land is officially off the market,” he said.

“Now I’m waiting to hear back that the rezoning is referred back to the school land.

“From here we’re not going to build a school overnight, but the goal is to start working on a blueprint.”

Calliope resident Lynda Ninness, who had been actively lobbying local councillors, gathering data and garnering community support to stop the impending sale of the land, said the announcement was “awesome”.

“We need to start the processes to see planning happen now,” she said.

“Realistically it might take five years, but it would be lovely if it was two.”

Community visioning member and Calliope resident Desley O’Grady said the primary school was bursting at the seams and the six buses doing the daily high school run to Gladstone was a painful experience for parents and their children.

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