Save Little Farm
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We, the concerned residents of the New Farm State School (NFSS) catchment zone and users of NFSS’s Little Farm, call upon the local member for McConnel and Queensland Minister for Education, Grace Grace to:
1. Prevent the destruction of Little Farm
The current draft of the NFSS Masterplan under development by the Education department includes the destruction of Little Farm’s open green space and mature trees to make room for the construction of a large U-shaped arrangement of buildings.
We are not anti-development. We understand that saving Little Farm forms part of a broader and more challenging discussion as to how to determine a workable solution to the school’s year-on-year increase in enrolment numbers within a limited school ground footprint. However, a solution needs to be sought that delivers an appropriate atmosphere for primary school students with adequate levels of green space and greener spaces for play and study. In seeking to save Little Farm and with adequate community and stakeholder consultation we hope that the NFSS Masterplanning process will achieve this balance.
2. Use the recently acquired Annie Street properties to create a visionary and high quality school building/learning environment overlooking and integrated with Little Farm.
The Education Department has spent approximately $6 million acquiring 4 large properties on Annie Street adjoining Little Farm. It is our view that the space made available from the acquisition of these properties should not be used to build a second underground car park and replacement drop off zone at the expense of Little Farm - a beloved and valued part of the school.
3. Conduct meaningful and timely consultation with all those affected by the NFSS Masterplan so that high quality, appropriate for purpose and value for money infrastructure is built.
At present, most parents, users of Little Farm and local residents have no idea about the nature and progress of the development plans for Little Farm and NFSS. The current Masterplan proposal seeks to close off the Hawthorne Street cul de sac drop off zone and replace it with a new drop off zone at the end of Annie Street before the narrow one-way turn onto Kingsholme Street. Given the volume of the traffic flows surrounding the school at pick up and drop off times we are strongly of the view that this pick up/drop off location will be unworkable.
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