School for disadvantaged children in works for Livingstone

A SCHOOL for disadvantaged children could open its doors in Glenlee if Livingstone Shire Council handover the piece of proposed land to the Baptist Union of Queensland.

In yesterday's Livingstone Shire Council agenda, the proposal for a special school for disadvantaged youth to be established on 46 Dawson Rd, Glenlee was on the list of discussion topics.

Due to lack of information, the table of councillors postponed the topic for another two weeks.

However, Mayor Bill Ludwig said after the meeting it was recommended the proposal for the land would go ahead, with council to lease the land at $1 a year for 10 years.

"It was deferred in the meeting yesterday as we need additional information but the recommendation is that it goes ahead," Cr Ludwig said.

"The School of Today is currently operated on the property so the property has been an education facility for quite some time. The piece of land is state home land that we(Livingstone Council) are trustees of.

"Baptist Union of Queensland made a request to us about the land and they obviously think it's a good location for their purposes."

A spokesperson fror the Baptist Union of Queensland was unavailable for comment yesterday to explain further what the intention for the school was.

In the agenda, it was stated that the Baptist Union of Queensland had enterted into a contract with School of Today to purchase the property.

Councillor Glenda Mather told The Morning Bulletin there was a limited amount of detail surrounding the facts of the operation.

"The topic came up in a council workshop a couple of weeks ago with little information," Cr Mather said.

"Apparently the Baptist Union of Queensland are in a contract with the School of Today for their land and they want to also lease the land around that property to act as a buffer zone. The council however have no in-depth detail about the school or type of youth who will be using the facility.

"The report was deficient because it lacked detail surrounding the facts of the operation, disadvantaged youth could mean a whole range of cirmcumstandaces that we don't know about." yet."



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