Kirra Hill to stay in public hands



IN what is seen as a major victory for "the people", the Queensland Government has announced it will preserve the site of the Coolangatta Special School on Kirra Hill.

The site, one of the most desirable on the Gold Coast offers, unprecedented views both north and south and was the subject of speculation as to its future.

Community groups had rallied to have the site preserved rather than be sold off to developers. The decision yesterday was been heralded as a "win-win" situation by the Member for Burleigh, Christine Smith and the Member for Albert, Margaret Keech who lobbied both Premier Peter Beattie and the Education Minister, Anna Blight, to save the site.

Mr Beattie said yesterday that from the recommendations presented to him and his Minister, he was convinced that the land should be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.

"Kirra Hill is a beautiful vantage point offering a spectacular panorama of the Gold Coast," he said.

"The site will not be sold off to developers and will remain in public ownership."

He said the government would now begin discussions with the Gold Coast City Council as to the future use of the site.

In acknowledging the huge public groundswell of support for the site, Education Minister Anna Bligh said that in her four years as a minister, the future of the Coolangatta Special School site had generated more public feeling than any other issue raised with her on the Gold Coast. All sectors of the community have welcomed the decision.



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