Just over a week after awarding the contractor, work has already begun on building a new $60 million primary school on the Gold Coast.
Education Minister Grace Grace today turned the sod on the Pimpama facility on Wednesday with representatives from successful contractor FK Gardener and Sons.
Construction will continue over the coming months before the school is official opened to students in term 1, 2021.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
“Pimpama is a fast-growing area on the northern end of the Gold Coast and this new school will be a very welcome addition to the local community,” Education Minister Grace Grace said.
Ms Grace said the school will be able to accommodate more than 600 students as part of Stage 1.
“Today’s sod-turning is a key milestone for the Pimpama community, with the school taking Prep to Year 6 for the 2021 school year,” she said.
“The first stage of the school will feature admin and corporate services facilities, prep and junior learning centres, a specialist STEM and music centre, a central covered area, library, canteen, sports oval and a multi-purpose hall.
“Construction of this new school will support close to 180 full-time jobs across the life of the project.”
Ms Grace said the new Pimpama primary school was tip of the iceberg when it came to infrastructure on the Gold Coast.
“This Government is no stranger when it comes to investing in Gold Coast state school projects, with half a billion dollars invested since 2015,” she said.
“Just two weeks ago we opened the $64 million Foxwell State Secondary College in Coomera to the first year 7 students.
“A $12 million learning centre has been built at Southport State High School and in Burleigh, a brand new $12 million three-storey learning centre is also finished at Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School.
“We are building the facilities our Gold Coast students need for a world-class education.”