A PETITION in support of opening a secondary school at Yarrabilba has attracted high level support from Logan City division 4 councillor Laurie Koranski and state member for Logan Linus Power.
Last week, Cr Koranski and Mr Power met with representatives of the Yarrabilba Community Association to discuss what they described as the “pressing need” for a local secondary school.
According to Cr Koranski, with Yarrabilba’s first state primary school opening next year, the community will need a high school sooner rather than later.
“We have a city the size of Gladstone exploding out of the ground,” she said.
“Local kids from Yarrabilba, Logan Village, Tamborine and Jimboomba are spending more than 15 hours each week travelling out of the area to go to school.
“That time could be better spent doing homework, playing sport or spending time with their families.
“The land’s ready, let’s get building.”
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Yarrabilba, one of the fastest growing areas in Australia, and home to 5500 residents, has a projected population in excess of 45,000 by 2041, Cr Koranski told the Times.
Approval has been granted for 11 primary and secondary schools and a range of childcare centres over the next two decades.
Clinton Neumann, president of the Yarrabilba Community Association, welcomed the petition reporting that he was consistently receiving feedback from community members about the need for a high school.
“There are ridiculous travel times for students in the area,” he said.
“There is a clear need for a high school in this part of the city and there is land here, ready to go, so it makes perfect sense.”