School plans slice park
ST JOHN'S Lutheran Primary School has made an application to extend its grounds to include junior high school as part of its curriculum.
The school has made an application to the South Burnett Regional Council to help purchase the Crown Land owned by the Queensland Government along Ivy St, Kingaroy.
The general manager for Planning and Environment Stan Taylor has recommended the council provide a letter to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection in support of the request.
But not all the council staff agree.
The council's general manager for Infrastructure John Kersnovski said it would be a mistake to remove half of Adermann Park to make way for the new school grounds.
"We talk about the legacies which council's leave," he said.
"Well this park is one of those legacies which was fought long and hard for. It is one of the only major legacies to be left in Kingaroy."
Mr Kersnovski said he had personally put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into the development of the park and said the councillors should think long and hard before they make a final decision.
"I know I'm speaking passionately about this but the park is the result of a lot of hard work from the former council," he said. "The park was designed by the community for the community."
However Cr Cheryl Dalton said she agreed with the findings and said an expansion of the school would be good for the local economy.
"I have seen St John's grow from a small school and with the State Government to introduce Year 7 into high school I think it would be a great idea to expand," she said.
Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said the councillors would have another look at the school and the park before making a final decision.