Published On: Thu, Aug 31st, 2017

No Yarrabilba High School Before 2020

State Education Minister Jones said there was a commitment to build a high school in Yarrabilba but the timing of its delivery depended on the eligible student growth in the area.

Judith Kerr from Quest Newspapers is reporting that  Yarrabilba is unlikely to get a high school before 2020. An extract of the article :-

Logan City councillor Laurie Koranski (Div 4) pushed the issue at a full council meeting on Tuesday.

But her plea to council to force the state to start adequate planning for the area was knocked back.

The area, which has a population of 5500, was expected to be home to 20,000 in the next decade. Cr Koranski said she was disappointed when council rejected her request to write to state Education Minister Kate Jones, pictured with premier Annastascia Palaszczuk at the site of the Yarrabilba primary school, urging her to start work by 2019.

“The developer of Yarrabilba, Lend Lease, has already allocated and serviced land which will be ready to be built on by the end of the year,” she said.

“There is nowhere else in Logan that we have this land set aside for a high school — so why can’t we start acting on it?”

Cr Koranski said the need for a Yarrabilba high school would only grow and enrolments for the new primary, set to open in January, exceeded expectations with more than 150 parents attending a public meeting this month.

But Division 9 councillor Phil Pidgeon said he did not vote for Cr Koranski’s Yarrabilba push as the need was greater in nearby Logan Reserve and Park Ridge.

“Yarrabilba is a controlled development area run by the state with an agreement in place for a future school site. Major issues for our council are the areas not controlled by the state,” he said. “At Park Ridge and Logan Reserve, there are 20,000 properties, potentially, being built over the next five years.

“We have not yet seen any state planning for schools or any land set aside in these areas which are a high priority, not Cr Koranski’s proposed school which is already in the program to be delivered in 2022.”

Cr Pidgeon said council had not wanted to pursue development in Logan Reserve in the short term but its hand was forced as building applications were lodged.

Transport was another infrastructure deficit in emerging suburbs of Logan Reserve, Greenbank and Bahrs Scrub.

“If the state is going to force councils across the state into the position of approving development applications, then we need the associated infrastructure such as bus services to go with it,” he said.

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- Glenn Batten is the Principal Licensee of First National Real Estate Yarrabilba which provides residential property sales and property management services throughout Yarrabilba estate.

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