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Super School Report Favours Government Plan

By Samuel Gordon-Stewart 14 September 2005 6

The government commissioned report into building locations for the West Belconnen Super School has recommended the Ginnendera District High site be used for the new school citing planning and design problems with other sites.

Would the report have said the same thing if it hadn’t been government commissioned?

ABC story here

ED – Thumper sent the following in as a story but I’d like to consolidate the two:

These lines seemed to jump out at me:

“And documents obtained under Freedom of Information indicate the ACT Government had already sought valuations for the land at Holt, Higgins and Latham primary schools, as well as Melba High, and is considering selling the land for residential or aged care developments.

The land could fetch between $20million and $60 million.”

Now, not so long ago I put forward the idea that the new super school had very little to do with education and very much to do with a great land grab and rezoning for greater residential areas which translates into a huge wad of cash for the government.

It now appears that this was certainly a part of the decision to bulldoze Ginninderra High, and others, as I previously pointed out, including Latham Primary as well.

That would make the total of schools to go being Ginninderra, Holt, Higgins, Melba High and Latham primary. Is this good for the community and education and is it what the community actually wants?

As before, I would suggest you’d be hard pressed to justify this plan, except when you are this current government who apparently don’t need to justify a thing to anyone.

CT article here

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nyssa76 9:45 am 15 Sep 05

Well after reading today’s CT, my scepticism of the ACT Dept of Education and the Minister has risen.

Of course the “plan” was backed by the report, anyone with a brain would know that the Govt always hire “independent” yes men/women.

tallian 4:51 pm 14 Sep 05

what a massive surprise! a government report backing a government decision. Just like public consultation generally favours the desired public servant outcome, with the occasional tinkering at the edges to say “look we’ve consulted with the community and taken their views into account”.

Maelinar 11:58 am 14 Sep 05

has there actually been any consultation in relation to the development, or has this been completely housed within RA ?

I think for living legacy puropses they should be called Stanhope Court and MLA-Junket Crescent

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 8:08 am 14 Sep 05

I always point out Johnboy’s typing, so allow me to show my late night typing skills:
paln = plan
and that sentence probably needed some commas.

Sir Humphrey was blessed with a less obnoxious minister than our comrade.

And it doesn’t suprise me either…

Thumper 7:34 am 14 Sep 05

Why does this not surprise me….

johnboy 6:39 am 14 Sep 05

I particularly liked the way all the other proposals failed because they didn’t have government planning approval.

lovely looping circular argument Sir Humphrey would have been proud of.

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