Green light for Catholic high school for Beaudesert

Catholic Education planning services manager Julie Saunders, pictured with Mayor John Brent, was pleased yesterday to hear that the planning and development committee had approved plans for a Catholic high school in Beaudesert.
Catholic Education planning services manager Julie Saunders, pictured with Mayor John Brent, was pleased yesterday to hear that the planning and development committee had approved plans for a Catholic high school in Beaudesert.

COUNCIL'S planning and development committee has given a green light to Beaudesert's first Catholic high school.

Catholic Education plans to build the 700 student capacity high school on a 7.2 hectare site off Beaudesert-Nerang Road as part of the Oaklands residential sub-division.

Councillors on Tuesday (May 20) voted unanimously in favour of approving the development.

Catholic Education planning services manager Julie Saunders, who was at yesterday's meeting, welcomed the council's support for the school, which is expected to be opened by 2017.

She said a steering committee would now be formed to make decisions, including a name for the new school.

The committee, which Catholic Education will oversee, is expected to include community representatives, St Mary's priest Fr Michael McKeaten and St Mary's Primary School principal Tim Stinson.

Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent said the establishment of the high school would drive future development in the region.

"Aside from Bromelton this will be the most significant development in Scenic Rim's time," he said.

"This particular property has long been viewed as integral to the future development of Beaudesert by expanding the town precinct on what is essentially a green field site."

The planning and development committee approval is expected to be ratified at council's ordinary council meeting on May 27.