Community to have their say on new school

Published Wednesday, 09 December, 2020 at 09:59 AM

Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing
The Honourable Grace Grace

Public consultation is set to begin next month on the Palaszczuk Government’s proposed new primary school in the inner west of Brisbane.

This will be the first primary school to be opened in the inner suburbs of Brisbane in more than 60 years.

The most recent primary school to open in Brisbane’s inner suburbs was Seven Hills State School in Morningside which opened in 1960.

Education Minister Grace Grace said community consultation will be undertaken by the Department of Education throughout 2021.

“We want to get the ball rolling as soon as possible so this new school can be ready for day one in 2023,” Ms Grace said.

“An initial consultation, including both online and in-person sessions, will take part in the first half of the year.

“The primary focus during this time will be the potential future location of the school.

“Future consultation phases may include opportunities to provide feedback on elements such as the planning, school design, proposed catchment, relationship to existing schools and the school name.

“The community will also have the opportunity to meet with the school principal, following their appointment, to develop the school’s vision.”

Ms Grace said the Palaszczuk Government’s $65 million commitment to build the new school was announced earlier this year.

“We know that there are enrolment pressures in the inner western suburbs of Brisbane.

“We’re also aware of the constraints that prevent existing primary schools from expanding.

“That was identified through our Queensland Schools Planning Reference Committee and subsequent report prepared by the department ahead of the announcement.

“By working with the community, we can ensure that we get the best outcome for students and parents into the future.”

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