STOP the Planned 54% Increase in Student Numbers for Tamborine Mountain High School

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Gidday All,

Are you aware of the planned project for Tamborine Mountain State High School that would see it grow from 943 students (about 500 of whom are Mountain resident) to 1455 students (STILL only about 500 of whom would be Mountain resident)?

We demand that the project as currently slated be stopped. 

We wish to engage with the relevant decision makers to implement a plan that is right. Right for the school. Right for the community. Right for the taxpayers of this state of Queensland. Right for the kids. 

I GENUINELY believe that there is a suitable option out there, and a very obvious one, that will meet the needs of all concerned as much as possible. IT JUST HAS NOT BEEN CONSIDERED.

 

Tamborine Mountain is a unique little community in the South East corner of Qld. We have no town water, no sewage, and are accessible ONLY via tight, steep, and windy mountain roads.

All of these factors contribute to the area having a natural cap on resident numbers. We just don't have the available resources or infrastructure to grow much bigger. We are at about our limit already. 

As Affected Residents in close proximity to the school we received notification of this only this time last week.

The Closing Date for Submissions is 25 September. They are trying to rush this through a Ministerial Designation process so the submission window is VERY brief and VERY inadequate.

The nett effect of this would be a 54% increase in student numbers, ALMOST ENTIRELY FROM OFF THE MOUNTAIN. So this would mean that many more cars, that many more buses, that many more trucks, etc. coming up the mountain roads and a very significant increase in the amount of chaos and safety risk in the surrounding streets.

I have met and talked at some length to the TMSHS Principal, Mrs Tracey Brose regarding this.

Broadly speaking this is not in line with what she wants for the school either.

Basically Tracey wants to keep the school at approximately its current number and has no desire to grow the school. What she is hoping for is to replace temporary buildings with like, but specialised, classrooms.

 

Tracey acknowledges that the outcome she seeks can certainly be met in other ways than what the currently slated project seeks to impose upon us. 

I am confident that she would prefer another option to be taken and that she genuinely seeks to be a good neighbour and resident of Tamborine Mountain.

 

It is the process that is the issue. It is flawed, shortsighted, wasteful, and just quite dumb I am afraid. It seeks to force a bureaucratic solution, to a problem that does not actually exist, upon a community that has not been consulted.

A school of that size, in this community, accommodating mostly students from elsewhere is not in anyone's interests.

The Environmental Assessment Review that was published to try to rush this through an even less consultative process is a massively flawed document. It is missing vital information, continually contradictory of itself, blatantly untrue in places, misleading, and insufficient for any meaningful Community Consultation process. 

(You can find it here: https://planning.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/planning/better-development/infrastructure-designations?source=consultations&noScroll=true&id=d849efc2-6a38-e811-a95e-000d3ad0c290

Worse, it identifies a number of issues with safety and duty of care based upon the current situation in regards to traffic volume and students in close proximity to the school, it then uses false and invalid data to project the increase in traffic volume for the planned future growth, and COMPLETELY ignores the issues inherently prevalent in bussing and otherwise transporting an ever increasing number of kids from elsewhere UP and DOWN the entirely unsuited mountain roads each day. 

It would be remiss to proceed with a project which would exacerbate existing risks without undertaking the works required to adequately mitigate them prior to commencement.

To do so would place the weight of liability for any negative future outcomes, such as impairment to life and well-being, squarely upon those making the decisions to dismiss those risks and proceed with a project that will markedly increase both the opportunity and likelihood for those potential risk events to be actually realised.

This would be poor project governance, deliberately undertaken, and could lead to extreme negative ramifications for both the organisations, and the individuals, involved in that decision-making process.

 

We demand that the project as currently slated be stopped. 

We wish to engage with the relevant decision makers to implement a plan that is right. Right for the school. Right for the community. Right for the taxpayers of this state of Queensland. Right for the kids. 



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