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Private school for Pottsville

Tweed MP Geoff Provest is pleased a new school is being planned for Pottsville.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest is pleased a new school is being planned for Pottsville. Contributed

THE Catholic Church has taken the first step towards establishing a $5 million private primary school at Pottsville.

The Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church lodged a development application for St Ambrose Primary School on Tuesday.

A council spokesman said the planning officers were waiting for more details from the applicant on the proposed development.

According to the details lodged with the council's planning department the school was to cost $5.275 million.

The land earmarked for the school was at the end Elizabeth St between Hampton Ct and Royal Dr.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest said he was unaware that the development application had been lodged but he did receive a briefing on the school plan about 12 months ago.

"It's a good thing for the area," Mr Provest said.

"Really there has to be a wide variety of opportunities for our children in the Tweed."

Mr Provest said the developers would be doing their homework and saw a need for the school in the area.

"I'm also a strong supporter of the public school system," he said.

Tweed Mayor Barry Longland said at this stage nothing had been presented to the council.

"It's good to see the church is investing in Pottsville," Cr Longland said.

He said the Council did not have funds available for a school but could offer support for any funding application the school administrators made to the State Government.

Advocate for a high school at Pottsville, Troy Potter, said this was another sign there was demand for a senior school in the area.

"I think it is obvious that we need a high school in Pottsville and I'm surprised that there is a fourth primary school but there is still no high school," Mr Potter said.

"There are about 1250 school kids in the primary schools right now and that's 1250 kids soon travelling by bus to Kingscliff, Banora Point or Tweed Heads."

Mr Potter said an online petition was under way to get a high school for Pottsville.

He has two children at Pottsville Beach Primary School.

Topics:  catholic, education, private school, students



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