The state’s leading education union warns the Gold Coast’s schools are struggling with overcrowding and at least 35 new campuses will be needed within three decades.

The unprecedented growth of the city’s population, particularly in the booming northern suburbs, is putting pressure on existing state schools. There’ll be 1.2 million of us on Gold Coast by 2050.

The issue is becoming so severe the Queensland Teachers Union will demand the State Government begin planning and funding for about 35 new schools across the region.

QTU president Kevin Bates said the call for new schools will be put to the Palaszczuk Government next week in the organisation’s submission for the state budget. Mr Bates, who has worked as a teacher for more than 30 years, said the Gold Coast’s schools were struggling against the tide.

“We are seeing a huge boom in the number of students, an issue which is becoming acute on the Gold Coast and leading to us having larger schools, which itself has consequences,” he said.

“This is not just one or two schools: we are seeing at least a dozen with more than 2000 students and some even exceeding 3000. “These student bodies are the size of a small town and this is matter of real concern.”

Findings made in 2015 by prominent demographer Bernard Salt showed the city needed 35 new schools by 2050 if the Gold Coast is to maximise its potential as an education and health leader.

Mr Salt’s report, Beyond the Horizon, gave insight into the city as it could appear in 2050, with the population forecast to double from its present 600,000 to 1.2 million people.

Bernard Salt’s report Beyond the Horizon gives insight into the city as it could appear in 2050, with the population forecast to double from its present 600,000 to 1.2 million.

Originally Published by The Gold Coast Bulletin, continue reading here.

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