Search for school site answers stirs action

GUNNEDAH Shire Council will ask for a meeting with NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli to try and hasten a decision on the former GS Kidd School site.

Mayor Owen Hasler raised the future of the site at the November council meeting yesterday afternoon.

Cr Hasler told councillors approaches to the Department of Education and Communities had failed to secure any answers, and council should seek a meeting with Mr Piccoli.

The former school site has been vacant since late February when GS Kidd school moved to new purpose-built facilities.

Department of Education and Communities told a public meeting in February there would be a process to determine whether the facilities were “excess to requirements”.

A report was expected in July, but has not yet been received.

A number of community groups, including the Gunnedah Conservatorium of Music and Sunnyfield Independence have expressed an interest in using the site, along with Gunnedah South Public School.

Cr Hasler said if council received a satisfactory answer from the department, it would cancel any meeting with the minister.

Cr Hasler said a “very valuable community resource” has remained vacant for too long. The recommendation was approved by councillors, with Cr Gae Swain saying the matter had “gone on for far too long”.

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