Families can contribute to new Ipswich primary school plans

FAMILIES with school aged kids have the chance to share their opinions on a new Catholic primary school planned for Redbank Plains.

A development application is before Ipswich City Council for a 780 student school on Halletts Rd at Redbank Plains which, if approved, would be ready for its first students by 2020.

Impacted residents, including 4760 families and 4800 children who live in Redbank Plains, will get to have their say on the plans during the public consultation period until March 26.

The vacant block of land nestled between homes and bushland is expected to be transformed into a school including an administration block, library and resource centre, physical education area, play space and IT area to accommodate 186 students and later expanded to include two two-story classroom blocks to house 780 students.

The 3.2 hectare site last sold for $2.1 million in 2010 to Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.

Brisbane Catholic Education communications and marketing officer Catherine Shipton said the school would initially be open to prep to year 3 students with view to expand up to year six.

"We usually open with prep to year three but there are some times when we with other years levels but that depends on the interest that's shown in the area," she said.

"We know that Redbank Plains does have a high growth catchment so we'd be interested to see a lot of expressions of interests from other years levels as well as prep to year 3.

"We certainly don't create big schools when it's not absolutely necessary to do so.

"We have a process that usually comes in to place about 12 months before the opening of a new school. We generally call for expressions of interest."

If approved, construction is expected to begin in mid-2019.

The community can have their say at pdonline.ipswich.gov.au or by calling Ipswich City Council on 3810 6888.

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