School to be divided

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The school was originally promised land in Austin Lakes Estate but Satterley Property Group chief executive Nigel Satterley gave the school a temporary site to get it started.

The two school sites are 1.5km from each other on Inlet Boulevard.

School board executive chairman Mike Smith said there was concern that a title for the second site had not been made available, which was causing uncertainty.

‘He (Nigel Satterley) approached us to develop a school at Austin Lakes. It has been three years since the land was promised,’ he said.

‘We can’t even apply for Federal grants without that title.

‘Although these grants and loans are not guaranteed, we can’t even apply for them.’

Shire of Murray chief executive Dean Unsworth said development approvals were yet to be resolved.

‘The Shire is currently working with Austin Cove Baptist College to address servicing and site issues before a planning application can be considered for the development of the site,’ he said. ‘Once planning approval for the proposed development has been granted, a building permit application can be submitted by the proponent.’

A Satterley spokeswoman said the developer did not require the school to move and understood the school would move based on its own needs and timetable.

‘Satterley understands that the school intends to operate from two campuses for some time,’ she said.

‘Satterley supports this and for the foreseeable future has no plans or alternative use for this site that would require the school to move.

‘Regarding the new 11-hectare site, the Satterley Property Group will be pleased to hand title to the land to the school once the statutory and regulatory requirements to achieve title have been met.’