St Mary's school hall partly approved

AN application for a huge multi-purpose school hall and tuckshop by St Mary's Catholic Primary School has been partly approved at the Southern Downs Regional Council general meeting.

The school is in the process of applying for Federal Government funding for the development, however, councillors were concerned about several issues to do mainly with appropriate landscaping and beautification.

Because of the tight timeline St Mary's faced because of the funding, council could not defer the decision to next month's general meeting, so it has been partly approved in line with the recommendation, with authority on the remaining decision delegated to the four committee chairs and Mayor Ron Bellingham.

“I think it's a big compromise, however, under the circumstances it appears council has little alternative but to make a decision on behalf of the community,” Cr Bellingham said.

Cr Ross Bartley said this matter showed how council needed to consider each item on its merits.

“I don't see too many losers here ... we have the ability as a council to be a bit flexible and I'd like to see that today,” he said.

Cr Denise Ingram moved a motion to partly approve with delegated authority, and Cr Vic Pennisi seconded. Councillors carried the motion unanimously.



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