A community-led process
The Department appointed JTA Australia to run an independent community consultation program and develop a community-driven educational vision and facilities concept plan for the Brisbane Bayside area.
JTA worked with local school communities and interested residents over a six month period to develop the vision and plan. The final proposal was submitted to the Queensland government for consideration in February 2008.
An educational vision is a description of the educational opportunities desired by the community for students over the next 20 years.
A facilities concept plan is a plan that describes the facilities required to achieve the educational vision.
To develop the vision and plan, everyone in the community was invited to share their views about:
Two community reference groups have acted for the local community as the peak consultation groups. The groups included Principals and a Parents and Citizens representative from each of the 13 state schools as well as community and Queensland Teachers Union representatives. As they worked together to develop the new vision and plan for state education in Brisbane Bayside, the community reference groups considered submissions and feedback from the broader community,social and demographic data, and information about the status of state school facilities in the area. Reports from the meetings are available here.
The Community Reference Groups joined together to form one group in the later stages of the consultation to present a consolidated community viewpoint.
Following the launch of the project on 10 August 2007, the community consultation team held briefings with principals, teachers and P&C committees of the 13 state schools included in the Brisbane Bayside project.
A range of community activities was undertaken to involve Brisbane Bayside residents in shaping the future of state education in their area.
Student focus groups, a travelling ideas wall, feedback sessions for parents and school staff as well as public displays and community forums were held to canvass the ideas of a broad cross-section of the Brisbane Bayside community.
A brochure (new window) 430k describing three proposed renewal options developed by the Community Reference Group was produced and distributed through schools and other community centres in the Brisbane Bayside area for community feedback (one of these options changed after further community consultation).
Display booths were held in various Brisbane Bayside locations, providing an opportunity for the community to have their say in person or ask questions of project team members.
Information about the project will be provided through this website as well as via local media and the 13 school communities.