Livingstone Shire Council has approved the purchase of the decommissioned Mt Chalmers State School after successful negotiations with the Department of Education, Training and Employment.
Councillor Tom Wyatt, who holds Council’s Facilities portfolio, said it was a win for the community and for Council.
“Retaining the precinct was important as a bridge on site provides the only access during floods for a number of residents living in the upper Mt Chalmers area,” Councillor Wyatt said.
“We have been negotiating with the State Government regarding the decommissioned school, its grounds and the precinct and I am pleased to confirm that Council will purchase the School at the reduced price of $230,000.
“It’s also a wonderful win for our community members as the school already hosts local events and activities which include the annual ANZAC memorial service, the library and the Mt Chalmers Historical Museum.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said Council is looking forward to working closely with the Mt Chalmers community to utilise the school’s facilities to its full potential.
“Full credit must to be given to State Member, Bruce Young and the Newman Government for providing both an extension of time and reduced purchased price which has enabled Council to secure this important facility for the long term use by the local community,” Councillor Ludwig said.
“The reduction in purchased price will allow council to do much needed maintenance and upgrade works.
Residents and community groups are urged to contact Council if they have any suggestions on its future use. Once future uses have been confirmed, funding requirements can then be considered in future year’s budgets.
Council can be contacted by telephone 4913 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org