Dutton Park confirmed as location for new high-rise school
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Dutton Park confirmed as location for new high-rise school

Dutton Park has been revealed as the site for Queensland's next high-rise school.

The Queensland government has been investigating several sites for a new inner-south high school to ease the enrolment pressure on Brisbane State High School.

The new inner-south high school will be built at the Ecosciences precinct at Dutton Park.

The new inner-south high school will be built at the Ecosciences precinct at Dutton Park.

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In February, the Dutton Park Ecosciences Precinct, near Boggo Road, was identified as the preferred location for the school, which will be the first new high school to be built in Brisbane's inner-south for more than 50 years.

During estimates, Education Minister Grace Grace said the decision followed 11 weeks of extensive consultation with the community.

"The department received almost 300 submissions about the proposed location with Dutton Park emerging as a preferred location over Davies Park or Kurilpa Park point," she said.

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"This decision was based on the precinct's proximity to the city, connections with existing transport infrastructure and our nearby tertiary education partner, the University of Queensland.

"We know that Cross River Rail will generate significant social and urban renewal in the area and this location also offers opportunity for future growth and expansion."

The school will be located in the Ecosciences Precinct, where there are already several government-owned sites.

There are plans for the school to partner with the University of Queensland, with the Dutton Park site earlier listed as suitable due to its connection to the university via the nearby Eleanor Schonell Bridge.

Parents have long held concerns about how Brisbane State High School, which could not physically expand, would cope with hundreds of extra students due to the rapid increase in apartments in West End and South Brisbane.

Education Department director-general Tony Cook told estimates hearings that funding had been provided to Brisbane State High School to investigate enrolment fraud, including enrolment patterns and whether families were "fraudulently living in the area" or taking out short-term leases.

Brisbane State High School - Queensland's largest school with almost 3200 students enrolled - offers academic and sporting selective entry while also taking students from its catchment area.

Opposition education spokesman Jarrod Bleijie questioned why the department would build another school when there was still capacity at Coorparoo Secondary College and Yeronga State High School.

But Mr Cook said growth in the inner-city population had been extensive in recent years.

"I think something like 5000 additional students in and around the Brisbane CBD, another 3000 additional students expected to move into inner-Brisbane, particularly around the West End area," he said.

"... The West End area has exploded."

There will be more consultation to seek community feedback about the catchment area and enrolment policy for the new Dutton Park school.

The Dutton Park school is expected to open in 2021.