New Inner City South State Secondary College at Dutton Park: Rethink the Catchment Boundary near Logan Rd in Woolloongabba

The State Government has released a map of the proposed catchment boundaries for the new Inner City South State Secondary College at Dutton Park.

The draft catchment boundaries have been drawn roughly halfway between Coorparoo Secondary College and the new Inner City South State Secondary College at Dutton Park. This means residential streets like Broadway and Qualtrough have been arbitrarily split down the middle, while neighbouring streets like Lewis and Mossgrove have been cut out altogether.

We believe the proposed catchment boundary and enrolment management plan needs to be adjusted slightly because it:

  • Divides the neighbourhood community – neighbouring students living in the same residential street will have to go to different high schools
  • Does not properly consider transport routes – it is generally quicker and safer for students living between Ipswich Rd and Logan Rd to walk or ride to the new school site than to cross Logan Rd, Deshon St and Stanley St to get to Coorparoo Secondary College.
  • Includes a 20% intake of merit-based ‘out of catchment’ students from across Brisbane – it is wrong for public high schools to prioritise ‘high-achieving’ students who live in other parts of the city ahead of local students who live within 1.5 kilometres of the school

The Catchment Boundary needs adjusting

We believe that for the Buranda neighbourhood, the eastern catchment boundary of the new school should be drawn along Logan Rd, rather than splitting residential streets in half. We believe that in deciding catchment boundaries, greater weight should be placed on travel times and on facilitating students to walk and ride to school.

Even if you don’t personally have school-aged children, you should be taking an interest in this issue, as the drawing of school catchment boundaries can have a significant impact on property values, traffic congestion, population demographics and the spread of future high-density development.

What you can do

If you agree with our concerns, we encourage you to take three actions.

  1. Submit your feedback on the proposed boundaries and enrolment plan
    via this link: bit.ly/duttonparkhigh
  2. Call Deputy Premier Jackie Trad on 3724 9100 and raise these concerns
    directly with her office.
  3. Email Deputy Premier Trad at Brisbane@parliament.qld.gov.au and
    ask her to pass on your concerns to the Education Minister
    (when you email her, please also CC in thegabba.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au)

This info sheet was produced by Woolloongabba residents with the support of Jonathan Sri, Councillor for the Gabba and Max Chandler-Mather, Greens candidate for Griffith.

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