Virginia State School nominated for heritage listing

Virginia State School, an important demonstration of the evolution of state education, has been nominated for state heritage listing.

Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard MP said the local community was invited to share its views on the significance of the school, located on Sandgate Road in Virginia.

“Opened in 1920, Virginia State School features an intact sectional school building which demonstrates the culmination of many years of experimental timber school design which met educational and climatic needs,” Ms Linard said.

“Sectional school buildings were very successful designs between 1920 and 1950. They were designed as standard units which could be extended by removing the end wall and reusing it as part of a new extension.

“The example at Virginia State School illustrates the key features of the design and the ways in which they were later modified.

“The school’s grounds also feature remnants of a forestry plot which was planted between 1946 and 1958.

“Forestry plots were popular educational initiatives that taught students about the economic and environmental importance of forestry, while also creating an attractive landscape feature and income source for the school.”

Places entered in the Queensland Heritage Register are protected under legislation because they are considered important to Queensland’s history.

To be heritage-listed, a place must meet certain criteria, which can be found on the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s website at www.ehp.qld.gov.au.

Written submissions can be sent to Executive Officer, Heritage Branch, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, GPO Box 2454, Brisbane 4001. Submissions will be accepted until 29 May 2015.

The Queensland Heritage Council, which is the independent peak advisor on heritage matters in the state, will make the ultimate decision about whether the school is entered in the register.

Media contact: Nudgee Electorate Office, Ph 3638 7100.

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