New school for Dut­ton Park

“The Dut­ton Park precinct was iden­ti­fied as the best area for a new school based on its prox­im­ity to the city, con­nec­tions with ex­ist­ing trans­port in­fra­struc­ture and our nearby ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion part­ner the Univer­sity of Queens­land.”

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“The Dut­ton Park precinct was iden­ti­fied as the best area for a new school based on its prox­im­ity to the city, con­nec­tions with ex­ist­ing trans­port in­fra­struc­ture and our nearby ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion part­ner the Univer­sity of Queens­land.”

BRIS­BANE’S in­ner city precinct Dut­ton Park has been named the lo­ca­tion of QLD’S new high-rise sec­ondary school, which will be built to cush­ion the im­pact of ris­ing stu­dent numbers.

QLD Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Grace Grace said af­ter ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion, in­clud­ing al­most 300 sub­mis­sions, the Gov­ern­ment set­tled on Dut­ton Park as the school’s lo­ca­tion.

The site, 4km south of Bris­bane CBD, is home to the Gov­ern­ment’s $270 mil­lion Eco­sciences Precinct; a col­lab­o­ra­tive en­vi­ron­ment for re­search staff from CSIRO and the Univer­sity of Queens­land.

It is also in close prox­im­ity to the Univer­sity of Queens­land cam­pus.

Min­is­ter Grace said the lo­ca­tion was “one of the most ex­cit­ing ur­ban re­newal zones” and the school “will de­velop a rep­u­ta­tion to ri­val the best schools in the coun­try”.

“The Dut­ton Park precinct was iden­ti­fied as the best area for a new school based on its prox­im­ity to the city, con­nec­tions with ex­ist­ing trans­port in­fra­struc­ture and our nearby ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion part­ner the Univer­sity of Queens­land,” Ms Grace said.

“We know that Cross River Rail will gen­er­ate sig­nif­i­cant so­cial and ur­ban re­newal in the area and this precinct also of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties for fu­ture growth and ex­pan­sion.”

Deputy Pre­mier Jackie Trad said the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion will seek in­put from the lo­cal com­mu­nity to help in­form con­cept de­signs for the school.

“I would en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to get in­volved in the next stages of plan­ning for this flag­ship project,” Ms Trad said.

“The main ques­tion lo­cal res­i­dents raised dur­ing con­sul­ta­tion re­lated to the catch­ment for the new school and how it would af­fect the ex­ist­ing BSHS catch­ment.

“So, the next thing we’re do­ing is fi­nal­is­ing catch­ment op­tions and en­rol­ment pro­cesses for the new school to then put out for con­sul­ta­tion.”

The school is sched­uled to open in 2021.

Im­age: De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion QLD.

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