Airstrip perfect for high school
THE future of Emu Park’s airstrip is in the balance, but some councillors have already decided it would be a perfect location for a new high school.
Councillors decided yesterday to “put the landing strip in a holding pattern” and forbid any development on the land until there’s a new planning scheme in place for Emu Park.
Strategic planning manager Brett Bacon told Rockhampton Regional Council’s Strategic Planning Committee there had been a number of applications for private facilities, such as hangars, at the airfield which borders homes in Brown Street.
“Given the issues at the strip and the homes nearby, it would be prudent not to make any further decisions on applications until the new planning scheme is up and running,” he said.
“The council might well decide it does not wish to have an airfield there because of residential development.”
He said the authority had to adopt a new planning scheme within two years and the future of the airstrip would be subject to public consultation.
Cr Brett Svendsen, who is chairman of the committee, said the airfield had been the subject of debate within the community and he would like the council to make a decision on its future quickly.
And when Cr Glenda Mather suggested it would be an ideal place to build a high school, both Cr Svendsen and Mayor Brad Carter agreed.
“As I understand it, Yeppoon High School has about 1000 pupils already and schools don’t get much bigger than that,” he said.
“Emu Park must be close to having its own high school because we have six buses full of children leaving the town every morning to go to school in Yeppoon.”
Any decision on whether the town will get a high school will be made by the State Government.