News

State sells school site to council

THE former Bremer State High School site has been formally purchased from the State Government by Ipswich City Council.

The site is surplus to state requirements, with the new Bremer High having opened next door to UQ Ipswich last year.

The former school is on the corner of Blackstone and Grange Rds at Eastern Heights.

The council proposes to redevelop the front end of the site currently occupied by school buildings and utilise the back end of the school for future local sports fields.

The school buildings will now be demolished by contractors engaged by the State Government as part of the contract's terms.

Abandoned at the end of the 2010 school year, the Eastern Heights campus has been a regular focus of police attention because of repeated intruder alarms and vandalism.

It also has been used as a training venue by specialist police teams.

Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan described the sale as a good community outcome which she expected would be welcomed in the local area.

"When we announced the new Bremer, we always said the state would sell the site and put the money back into the education budget," Ms Nolan said.

"Selling to council means that the sports fields can be kept, which is great in terms of green space and sporting infrastructure.

"Over the past year the state has put in place a number of measures to minimise vandalism, including having police train on site and opening the hall to the PCYC trampolining club, but it's good to have a clear direction forward."

Ipswich councillor Andrew Antoniolli, whose division covers the old school site, said it was great to have secured much-need sporting fields.

"This purchase will preserve an important green sporting corridor from Brothers' sporting fields through to Grange Road, and provide another facility for Ipswich's many sporting clubs," Cr Antoniolli said.

"I'm looking forward to working with Ipswich City Developments and council to make sure the site is in the best interests of the future growth of the city."

Topics:  bremer state high school, school




Mateship the legacy of our darkest hour

NOT FORGOTTEN: Ipswich residents gather to remember the men who died in the Box Flat disaster.

Ipswich pays respect to mining disaster victims

Captain getting back to best with hot shots

Ipswich Force captain Bree Farley.

Farley fires up at right time of season

Latest deals and offers

Elm Street is far from a nightmare

Elm street's new album is making waves. Photo Contributed

Elm Street talks about drumming studios, power metal and the album.

What's on the small screen this week

Keira Maguire and Richie Strahan in a scene from The Bachelor.

SEVEN gears up for the Rio Olympics while The Bachelor continues.

Drowning Pool gig review at Max Watt's

Drowning Pool played Brisbane with A Breach of Silence and She Cries Wolf at the Max Watt's House of Music.

Drowning Pool prove that 'bodies' hit the floor when they play

#SaveMarinaJoyce: How ISIS theory took over youtube channel

One young Youtuber accidentally gave rise to a conspiracy theory

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

10 things to do this weekend

Luke Heggie is appearing at the Ipswich Civic Centre as part of the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

Looking for something to do in Ipswich this weekend?

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Australia Post to open at Orion

Australia Post.

Service to open to customers in late August

Town with 'unique country flair' will be ruined: resident

Jonathan Emms of Rosewood is concerned about a proposed townhouse development for this John Street block of land.

Residents concerned by high density development proposal

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb