A draft plan to solve overcrowding at Warwick SHS is yet to be released by the State Government.
A draft plan to solve overcrowding at Warwick SHS is yet to be released by the State Government.

High school plan missing in action

EDUCATION Queensland proclaimed last night to have released the master plan for Warwick State High School - after what has been an 18-month process - but the plan is still nowhere to be found.

The Daily News contacted EQ yesterday morning to question what was taking so long to approve the draft plan, which was lodged with the Minister in August.

The plan aims to solve massive overcrowding at the region's biggest high school.

EQ has received regular contact from the P&C since, as well as increasingly frustrated queries from local State MP Lawrence Springborg.

Last night Education Minister Cameron Dick responded to the Daily News' query in a statement saying the master plan had been approved and released, and would be available for viewing at a public meeting to be scheduled at a later date.

But when further pressed, a spokesman for Mr Dick's office couldn't say how - or even when - people could view the plan before the meeting.

In his statement Mr Dick said principal Cheryl Dossetto would "run through the details of the master plan" and that "feedback would then be invited".

No meeting date has yet been set, but it is unlikely to be before the new year.

Mr Dick only gave a vague outline of the plan for the school's much-needed expansion.

"The current site has the potential to be developed so it is proposed to expand upwards and outwards to avoid creating a split campus," he said.

This did not sit well with local member Lawrence Springborg, who said that strategy would take away from the quality of life people in Warwick enjoyed.

"Upwards and outwards, well I don't know where outwards is," he said.

"We've basically got it outwards bordering with the Senior Citizens as it is and you can't go across Victoria St - they were actively considering that until we showed them photos of the floods," he said.

"I will need to be convinced about how much you can go upwards. We need to make sure the education environment, the process of socialisation and a good working environment for students and staff can be maintained."

Mr Springborg said he "would have loved" to see the State Government "properly consider" purchasing Slade Campus as part of the solution.

"They were pig-headed and never wanted to do that and now we're left with this master plan as the only option," he said.

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