The Queensland government has splashed another $346 million into an ‘education package’, which will see four new schools delivered around the state over the next couple of years.
It’s all part of the Palaszczuk government’s plan to get the economy back on track by boosting jobs wherever possible.
It’s understood around 870 jobs will be created during the construction phase of the four new facilities, with three to be completed within just 18 months.
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New primary schools will be built in Caloundra South and North Maclean, while a new special school will be built in Coomera on the Gold Coast.
All three of those projects are due to be completed in time for the 2022 school year, while a fourth facility will be constructed in Brisbane’s inner west by 2023.
The new school in Coomera is set to include multi-storey junior and senior learning buildings (20 general learning areas), an administration block, resource centre, multi-purpose hall, hospitality and central amenities, and sports oval, carpark and drop off areas, according to the state’s plan.
Education Minister Grace Grace told state parliament it will support a number of special schools within the area.
“The new special school in Coomera will service the growing population in Coomera and Pimpama, and provide special schooling relief to existing Southport Special School on the Gold Coast and the Beenleigh Special School in Logan,” Minister Grace said.
Ms Grace said in total $346 million has been allocated to the Building Future Schools Fund to build these new schools, upgrade existing schools and plan for more future schools.
“We’ve also allocated $65 million of funding for a new primary school to be built in Brisbane’s booming inner west suburbs to be opened by 2023.
“We can now begin an extensive community consultation process to find the best location that will benefit the local community,” Minister Grace said.