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Jul 162013
 
Nigel Gibson and Kevin Rudd

Nigel Gibson with Prime Minister and Member for Griffith Kevin Rudd

The following piece is written by Nigel Gibson who is the Vice President of the Balmoral State High School P & C. He heads up the Action Group to oppose the sale of Balmoral State High School Oval.

We oppose the oval sale as the decision to sell the oval is based on incorrect data by the State Government; it sets a measure for schools and green space that only looks at the enrolled school population as how much land a school can have. It’s flawed in that when you have a school such as Balmoral that is a multiuse facility within the Gateway schools (GLC) district, it does not take into account the wider school network that use the oval for their sports days.

Many local schools don’t have the land area to conduct sports days with multiple events. Many schools have lost their ovals.  As increases in school population have occurred we have seen green space traded for classrooms. So schools like Bulimba, Morningside, Cannon Hill, Murarrie, and Norman Park use the fields at Balmoral.

The cricket oval is also used by community cricket clubs as well on weekends. So the true student/community base for the oval is around 3000. In fact, to demonstrate a point, The Australian Sports Commission is sponsoring the Balmoral “Smart Moves” Sports Expo to be held at Balmoral SHS on Tuesday 13 August, 2013; where all ovals will be used by hundreds of participants.

Balmoral oval

Balmoral oval

So we have an important piece of sports infrastructure that is up for sale without any community consultation. No consultation, this has energised the community to take action put up signs, come to community meetings and attend the latest community rally. I’m motivated to fight this as this is not government land to sell; the P & C developed this land from a swamp into a community asset over the last 50 years.  Blood sweat and tears of community volunteers have gone into developing this community green space. It is simply not for sale and we will fight on.

No decision should go ahead to close schools or sell off school land without consulting with the community first. We did not elect the LNP State Government to sell these community assets. If the LNP State Government is short of money; then they should only give themselves a 2.5 % pay rise like what is expected of the nurses, police and fire-fighters, a 40% rise is obscene.

Nigel Gibson
Community against Balmoral SHS Oval Sale
nosaleschooloval@gmail.com / http://www.facebook.com/SaveBalmoralStateHighsOval

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  3 Responses to “It is simply not for sale and we will fight on, says local”

  1. If you care about our liveability, well-being, environment, greenspace – in other words “OUR KIDS FUTURE”, then consider joining the “Hands Off Our Schools” Community Protest. It is to be held on Sunday 21st July from 11am at the RNA Showgrounds. Meeting poing: Cnr Gregory Tce and Brunswick St. – “Show you care – be there”

  2. Well said Wayne,

    We elect our Members of Parliment to plan for the long term, the current LNP members of Parliment are not honouring past work of P & C’s or critical wild life work you and others in your group are doing at Whites Hill. “We NEED Green Space”

    “Many hours of volunteer work has gone into creating a Squirrel Glider Corridor from Whites Hill to Oates Hill, with five different project sites by B4C. It will also take away the work the P&C has done to upgrade the oval over many years. No one thinks selling school ovals is a good idea. It is a short-sighted financial gain for long-term pain for the community. If you care about quality of life and the well-being of our children – you will want to protect our greenspaces. Please consider emailing your local State Member and asking them to NOT PRIVATISE OUR SCHOOLS OR SELL-OFF OUR SCHOOL OVALS!”

    regards

    Nigel

  3. The Whites Hill College is also being earmarked for sale by the State Government. This is despite it being bequeathed to the Council as part of the Whites Hill Nature Reserve. In 1961 the State started a process to aquire it for “education purposes” and add it to Whites Hill School. The selling off of this land will take away greenspace and recreation opportunities for local schools and sporting groups, who are keen to use it. It will also isolate the Oates Hill Nature Reserve (cnr of Creek and Old Clev Rd, Carindale). Many hours of volunteer work has gone into creating a Squirrel Glider Corridor from Whites Hill to Oates Hill, with five different project sites by B4C. It will also take away the work the P&C has done to upgrade the oval over many years. No one thinks selling school ovals is a good idea. It is a short-sighted financial gain for long-term pain for the community. If you care about quality of life and the well-being of our children – you will want to protect our greenspaces. Please consider emailing your local State Member and asking them to NOT PRIVATISE OUR SCHOOLS OR SELL-OFF OUR SCHOOL OVALS!

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