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Growth rate debate MORELAND Couneil and the State Government are at loggetheads ‘over population projections for Coburg = considered a key issie in the debate surrounding the need for a new secondary college. Councilemployed demographer 4D Consulting estimates the mu nicipality’s population will hit 169,000 by 2081, well above the Ea cation Department's projections, based on “Australian Bureau of Statisties’ data, of 150,000. ID Con- sulting also forecasts the number of 1217 year olds in the Coburg Statistical Local Area to climb by about 600 to about 3850 in that time. ‘Moréland’s director of social de- velopment Jenny Merkus said: “Given the large discrepancy, council has suggested that (the Education Department's) consultancy revisit the projections currently being employes.” ‘An Education Department spokeswoman stressed that the de- partment worked off the nationally-recognised ABS data. ‘She added: “Edueation demand in Coburg and surrounding areas will ‘continue to be examined to ensure the needs of students are met. ‘Meanwhile, HSC has backed a call last week by Pascoe Vale state Labor MP Christine Campbell for Coburg Senior High School, in Alma Grove, to be fumed into an allyears secondary college. ‘Ms Campbell has written to the Education Minister Bronwyn Pike esting funding for the plan >>The High School for Coburg public (Q&A event ison from 6.30pm this Wednesday, August 18, at Coburg ‘Town Hall, 90 BellSt. Details: highs

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