Gold Coast school set for new multi-million dollar building after ferocious fire

The new-look Southport State High School building has finally been revealed, after it was burnt down in a massive fire last year.

The two-storey B Block building at the school, which housed the computer rooms, staff spaces and special education classrooms, was completely destroyed in the blaze in October.

At the time, more than 100 crew members worked tirelessly across a long weekend to make the site safe for students to return and construct demountables to work as a replacement.


Now, a $8.9 million, three-storey complex – equipped with eight classrooms – will be taking its place.

IMAGE | Sam O’Connor MP Facebook

Bonney MP Sam O’Connor shared artist impressions of the facility on his Facebook page, and reaffirmed the construction will be paid for by the state government’s Insurance Fund.

“Just like the Cultivate building, the undercover area can eventually be made into 4 new classrooms to handle future growth at the school – although that area is a handy space for breaks and assemblies,” Mr O’Connor said in his post.

IMAGE | Sam O’Connor MP Facebook

“At the start of this year Southport High had 1,956 students. This new building will slightly increase the student enrolment capacity to 2,287 – it’s only slight because the demountables will be removed.

“They estimate 3 new staffing positions will be created by this expansion.

“The proposed changes also give more flexibility for the school to use its facilities outside of school hours by community and sports groups.

Submissions for the proposal are open until September 8th.

IMAGE | Sam O’Connor MP Facebook