Brisbane Catholic Education

The northern corridor continues to be the fastest growing area on the Gold Coast in terms of population levels, with three of the top five fastest growing Statistical Local Areas located within this region. This has resulted in a surge in residential development projects in the region over the last 12 months, according to the latest research from Colliers International.

Lynda Campbell, Gold Coast Research Manager, who compiled the report, said of the suburbs addressed in her research, which includes Ormeau, Jacobs Well, Norwell, Yatala, Pimpama, Stapylton, Steiglitz and Willow Vale, three are among the top ten fastest growing Statistical Local Areas in Queensland.

In 2007 the Ormeau population was 19,065 and it continues to grow on a daily basis. The size of Ormeau is approximately 24km2. The population in 2001 was 4,221 people and by 2006 had grown to 8,506 showing a growth of 96%. The predominant age group in Ormeau is 0-9 years. Households are primarily couples with children. Most are repaying mortgages with a 70% owner occupancy rate. www.myormeau.com.au/local-info.php

Of the 38 SLAs within the Gold Coast (C) LGA, almost 95% experienced population growth in the year to June 2009. As in previous years, Kingsholme-Upper Coomera was the largest growing SLA, with an increase of 2,100 people (9.9%), followed by Southport and Ormeau-Yatala, which increased by 1,400 (5.0%) and 1,300 (9.5%) people respectively.

We, the friends and families of students at Mother Teresa Primary School, and residents of the greater northern Gold Coast region, petition Brisbane Catholic Education to act with urgency on proposals to build a catholic co-educational secondary school on 8 hectares of land on Eggersdorf Road already purchased for that purpose as advertised in the Gold Coast Bulletin in early 2011.

As a growing community, we believe Ormeau deserves and can sustain a Catholic secondary school, as we have in the establishment of a primary school.

Due to sustained and projected positive growth in the Ormeau area, we feel there is a very real risk of our children not being able to access Catholic secondary education, as existing schools are already operating under significant enrolment pressures.

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The Catholic Secondary School for Ormeau, Queensland petition to Brisbane Catholic Education was written by Rhonda Alp and is in the category Education at GoPetition.