PCYC to find new location as school grows

THE first step in a planned expansion of Bundaberg State High School has been taken with moves by the State Government to designate land for the move.

The Housing and Public Works Department is advertising its plans to ask Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek to designate the land as being for community infrastructure.

The department is asking for submissions about the proposed designation.

It says the land will be used for community and cultural facilities, community centres, meeting halls, galleries and libraries.

It is planned to include educational facilities and storage and works depots.

The expansion will take in the present site of the PCYC towards Walker St.

The PCYC has been aware of the move for some time, and expects to be relocated within 12 months.

PCYC Queensland chief executive officer Senior Sergeant Rob Fiedler said the organisation had been in positive discussions with Bundaberg Regional Council and the Bundaberg State High School about the relocation of the PCYC over the next 12 months.

"This is a great opportunity to provide a new facility for the youth and community to access quality sport, recreation and youth development programs while the school can grow to meet the demands of its current students as well as the Year 7 transition that will occur in 2015," he said.

"It is expected the school will commence some initial developments on the site later this year but will have minimal impact on PCYC operations."

A Bundaberg Regional Council spokesman said the council's planning department had been made aware of the proposal by the Department of Housing and Public Works, on behalf of the Department of Education, Training and Employment.

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