$200 million infrastructure boost for state schools
The Palaszczuk Government will bring forward $200 million in capital investment to fast track state school infrastructure throughout Queensland.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Education Minister Kate Jones announced the Advancing Queensland Schools program at Mansfield State High School today.
The Premier said the works program included 98 school infrastructure projects with the construction and improvement of school halls a priority.
“We made a commitment to Queenslanders to improve education for every student in every school,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“We have delivered on that commitment employing 875 new teachers above growth, addressing the school maintenance backlog and building new schools and new classrooms to cater for enrolment growth.
“Now we are in a position to invest for the future and deliver the school facilities our students and teachers need to make the most of their education.
“We are bringing forward more than $100 million to get construction underway on new school halls and upgrading existing halls at 30 state schools.
“I’m pleased to announce through our Advancing Queensland Schools program we will fund $6 million for a new hall at Mansfield State High for the wider school community.”
Ms Jones said the program would also accelerate $25 million in capital renewal projects at 24 schools.
“Ten schools will have their special education facilities upgraded ($11.6 million), nine schools will have administration upgrades ($5.3 million), and $5 million will go towards shade structures and covered outdoor learning areas at 25 schools,” she said.
Ms Jones said the additional funding injection allowed future planned capital works to be brought forward by at least 12 months to start this financial year and to be completed in 2017-18.
“We want this work to get underway immediately because we know it has the potential support more than 500 jobs,” she said.
“That’s why site visits to schools will begin this month with 82 Queensland state school communities set to benefit from the accelerated works program.
“These high priority projects have been identified in consultation with school communities.”
Tenders will be called for the 98 state school projects during April and are expected to be awarded from early May.
The Department of Education and Training (DET) will partner with Building and Asset Services (BAS) to deliver the program.