Pottsville residents ready to fight for school site

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POTTSVILLE COMMUNITY Association president and candidate for the Tweed Shire Council elections Chris Cherry has come out firing in her first week of campaigning with the Pottsville high-school site at the top of her agenda.

The site in question (pictured) is located at Seabreeze Blvd, Pottsville. Mrs Cherry said she believes the site is “under attack” by Newland Developers Pty Ltd, a Metricon subsidiary.

Newlands Developers will soon take Tweed Shire Council to the Land and Environment Court over the council’s refusal to allow the future Pottsville high-school site to be subdivided into 65 residential lots.

“This issue has long been a bone of contention in the Seabreeze Estate, where many families bought homes on the understanding that the nearby land was earmarked for a high-school as far back as 2000,” she said.

“The population explosion that has happened in and around Pottsville since 2000 as well as the geographic spread of existing high-schools in the Shire makes the case for the planned high-school an obvious one. Despite this, Newlands are pushing forward with their bid to increase the population at the cost of the much-needed high-school.”

Mrs Cherry said Department of Education and Training (DET) figures found 335 students from Pottsville and Hastings Point were already travelling away from Pottsville to high-schools across the Shire.

“And the next 15 years of DET forecasts a further growth of 600 secondary students in Pottsville,” she said.

“The Pottsville Community Association will back council as much as we can with this, they are supporting the promise made to the Pottsville community by the developer’s agents in trying to ensure the land is retained for the high-school our community so desperately needs”.

“The NSW Department of Education and Training has given our community and the Tweed Shire Council an undertaking to provide council with a definitive answer on their intentions for a Pottsville high-school by September this year, so why is Newlands pushing this through now? Why not honour our community and the promise given?”

“The hearing will be on-site on Monday, August 15 at 10am and all those who objected to the subdivision or those who bought into Seabreeze Estate on the understanding that a high-school would be part of the infrastructure provided in the development are urged to attend the hearing.”

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