May 17, 2018
St John’s Lutheran School will get a licence to use a portion of Adermann Park in Kingaroy for an hour a day after the South Burnett Regional Council agreed to the school’s request at its monthly meeting on Wednesday.
The school will be allowed exclusive use of an upper portion of the park to conduct supervised running and soccer for two 30-minute periods every school day during terms, subject to a small range of conditions that include keeping the park’s grounds neat and tidy.
Before the issue was discussed, Mayor Keith Campbell declared he had a perceived conflict of interest in the matter because his wife sat on one of the school’s committees.
The Mayor then left the Council chambers, and in his absence the meeting was run by Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff.
Council officers told the meeting the Council had informed the community about the proposal through a public notification process, which involved erecting billboards on the park boundaries.
The sign boards displayed a map of the area under consideration, along with details of the proposal.
The Council also sent written notifications to all adjoining property owners outlining the proposal and the process for providing comments and feedback to Council about it.
Cr Terry Fleischfresser said the school’s application to have exclusive use of a portion of the park for an hour a day on school days was all about “a child’s right to play”.
“I can’t see why anyone in this room would vote against this,” Cr Fleischfresser said.
“Children should have a right to play, and that’s what this is all about.”
Cr Fleischfresser told the meeting the school would have to adhere to several conditions to ensure the park’s facilities could continue to be enjoyed by other local residents who used it, and do so at no cost to Council.
It would also be required to hold appropriate public liability insurance.
He stressed the school was being given a licence, not a lease, and the matter could be reviewed in the future to determine if the arrangement was working.
Councillors agreed, and a motion to give the school a licence until the end of the year with an option to renew in 2019 – subject to a review – was passed unanimously.