Discussing the prospects of a high school at Gracemere are, from left, Gary Lynch, Jeff McArthur, John-Paul Langbroek, Ron Norman and Mary Carroll. Photo Contributed
Discussing the prospects of a high school at Gracemere are, from left, Gary Lynch, Jeff McArthur, John-Paul Langbroek, Ron Norman and Mary Carroll. Photo Contributed

Gracemere community upset over lack of high school, again

GARY Lynch has vowed that Gracemere hasn't given up fighting for a high school, despite a government release showing it could be at least five years before one is even considered there.

A second round of demand maps showed where future schools would be needed across Queensland over the next two decades.

It said while it could be at least five years before a high school was considered in Gracemere, they would have the additional capacity for a new primary school in the next eight years.

The chairman of the Gracemere Community Voice's high school sub-committee said the news was disappointing.

"It seems like it's a decision off a desk in Brisbane, not based on community consultation," he said.

Gary said they were still waiting for an official response to their submission to Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek in March.

"We honestly thought we'd get a response before we read it in the paper," he said.

The above maps project where high schools wil have to be built to handle projected growth of the Rockhampton/Capricorn Coast region.
The above maps project where high schools wil have to be built to handle projected growth of the Rockhampton/Capricorn Coast region.

 

Division 4 Cr Ellen Smith also voiced her disappointment.

"The community is shocked to see the report in the paper because there was no consultation with the community through the Gracemere Community Voice or council," she said.

"What's so hard to understand is that when Year 7s hit high school, they will be overcrowded.

"We know if a high school was built in Gracemere, we'd take numbers off Rockhampton High School and private schools."

Gary also said when Year 7s transitioned to high school, the bus numbers would have to increase, putting a strain on roads. Cr Smith said they would continue to forward the government statistics showing projected enrolments when the figures became available.



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