Sod turned on new school site
AMBERLEY State School students and their parents snatched a glimpse of their new school site at Yamanto last Friday from outside the boundary fence, while the official sod-turning took place inside.
The school's P&C and supporters secured $26.8 million from the Federal Government to build the new school, which will replace Amberley's primary school.
Amberley P&C president Yvette Wright said parents were happy to see the site moving ahead.
“We've got 230 children who'll come across to this site, and there's a capacity for 570,” she said.
One parent outside the fence complained that Amberley parents and students had been “locked out” of the sod-turning.
Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan said it was “untrue” to claim that parents had been excluded. “It is absolutely normal practice for a sod-turning to be a small private event,” she said.
The Yamanto school on Deebing Creek Road will be open for the start of the 2010 term.
Ms Nolan reiterated that flooding and traffic issues relating to the “world-class facility” were being dealt with.