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More information and alternative sites

The Department of Education has sadly failed to publish any detailed demographic information, data about enrolment projections or other supporting material to help local residents give feedback on their proposed site at ISHS. 

My office has compiled some basic information about local schools, as well as some alternative sites which locals have suggested. 

Information about existing local schools

For comparison, here is some further information about other local schools. 

School

Area (m2)

% in-catchment students

2020 enrolments  (2021 not public for all schools)

At capacity? 

Indooroopilly SS

31,960

80%

1,258

At full capacity in 2021 

Ironside SS

18,694

88%

1,080

Very close to capacity

Indooroopilly SHS

120,100

50%

2,336

Close to capacity

Toowong SS

17,889 (incl lower campus)

71%

369

Close to capacity 

Fig Tree Pocket SS

51,220

63%

502

Below capacity

St Peters 

210,666

n/a

2,097

n/a

Brigidine College

16,060

n/a

853

n/a

Holy Family

7,773

n/a

208

n/a

Brisbane Boys College

108,631

n/a

1,382

n/a

QASMT

96,440

n/a

1,066 (growing soon)

Currently below capacity


Alternative Sites

The following sites have been suggested by community members. My office has compiled them into a list and summarised some pros and cons of each. This list is not exhaustive, so please send your suggestions to [email protected] and CC my office ([email protected]

Sites which may be viable 

Site

Area (m2)

Pros and Cons

SES Depot / Shell Service Station / Toowong Bowls Club

19,000

Pros: Relatively large site, with some land publicly owned. Close to Toowong Station and buses. Could use Perrin Park and Jack Cook Park for play space. Close to high-growth areas in Toowong. 

Cons: Any loss of green space would need to be offset by new facilities close by. Possible interference with a bat colony. Further from high-density areas around Indooroopilly. Flood prone. 

Tricare site, Seven Oaks St Taringa

11,830

Pros: Good location to address existing gaps in the catchments between ISS, Ironside & Toowong. 

Cons: Not close to any major oval or green space, smaller site. 

QASMT site (Move QASMT to UQ) 

96,440

Pros: Large site including oval, already publicly owned. Moves QASMT closer to public transport. 

Cons: Further from high-growth areas of Indooroopilly, significant extra cost, disruption for QASMT students and difficulty of negotiating with UQ. 

ISHS site (cnr of Ward and Carnarvon St) (Proposed by the Department of Education)

35,000

Pros: Large site with access to green space, already publicly owned. Close to high density areas.

Cons: Major traffic issues, loss of space for ISHS, potential loss of local access to green space, flooding.  

 

The following sites have also been suggested by community members, but our view is that they are less viable than the sites above. 

Less viable sites

Site

Area (m2)

Pros and Cons

Westpoint Autos site, Moggill Rd Indooroopilly (opposite ISS)

12,328

Pros: Sizeable site in a single land holding. Could form a second campus at ISS. 

Cons: Significant road noise & concern about air pollution. Likely traffic impacts. Close to ISS, meaning no active travel benefits. Split campus.

Sci-Fleet Toyota site, Moggill Rd Taringa

5,622 (incl access road)

Pros:Centrally located to address the gap in catchments around Taringa. Could combine with neighbouring commercial properties on Beatrice St for extra space 

Cons: Significant road noise & concern about air pollution. Likely traffic impacts. Smaller site. 

Mazda / Mercedes dealership site, Moggill Rd Taringa

10,062

Pros: Centrally located to address the gap in catchments around Taringa. 

Cons: Significant road noise & concern about air pollution. Likely traffic impacts. Smaller site. Some flooding. 

Toowong Bus Depot, Dean St Toowong

45,910

Pros: Large site, already publicly owned, no flooding. 

Cons: Very far from high-growth areas of Indooroopilly driving enrollment pressures and possible delays, cost and disruption moving the existing bus depot. 

 


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