Does Toowoomba need a new high school?

8th February 2018 12:04 PM

A PETITION asking for support for a new high school in western Toowoomba is set to be released this month by Condamine MP Pat Weir.

Mr Weir will open the petition when parliament resumes later this month, after he was given the idea while speaking to his constituents during the election campaign last year.

With the nearest high schools already close to capacity, he said western Toowoomba suburbs and towns like Cambooya, Wyreema, Westbrook and Southbrook would feel the pinch as population growth continued.

 

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"During the election campaign, I was talking to people thoughout that area (and) you've got these high-growth areas like Wyreema, Cambooya and Westbrook," he said.

"Both the nearest high schools (in Toowoomba) are at capacity, so we are going to need another high school in the western part of Toowoomba.

"We know that the size of Westbrook is going to double thanks to those developments that are happening."

Pat Weir opens his new office, April, 2016.
Pat Weir, Condamine MP. Alasdair Young

Mr Weir said he was told last year by then-Education Minister Kate Jones that there were no plans for a new public high school in the western Toowoomba region.

"I met with the developers for the proposed development out at Westbrook (Fernleigh housing estate), and it's not in their plans but it's something we need to get the business case up for and secure the site," he said.

"I spoke to my colleagues about it and I thought it was something that had to be addressed.

"We'll table this petition and ask the minister about a new high school to get the ball rolling."

Mr Weir said the new high school should be based around the Westbrook area.

The populations of Cambooya, Wyreema, Westbrook, Glenvale, Kearneys Spring, Top Camp and Hodgson Vale grew by an average of 22 per cent between 2011 and 2016.