Gold Coast schools big winners in State budget

A number of Gold Coast High Schools will be among the big winners in Tuesday’s Queensland State Budget.

The Queensland Government will spend $250 million on new school infrastructure across the State as part of its ‘2020 Ready’ program.

Education Minister Grace Grace says the money will help accommodate an extra 17,000 students across Queensland.


“This funding is a major boost which will mean more than $470 million has been invested by this Government over the period 2017-18 to 2019-20 to increase the capacity of our state secondary schools,” Ms Grace said.

Eight Gold Coast High Schools will be among those to benefit from the cash splash.

Pimpama State Secondary College is the biggest winner, receiving more than $24 million for new classrooms and a performing arts centre which will contain two dance studios and two drama studios.

Helensvale State High School will get more than $13 million for a new classroom building.

$9.2 million dollars will be spent on a new three-storey secondary learning centre at Palm Beach Currumbin State High.

New classroom buildings are also planned for Ormeau Woods State High which will receive $9.7 million, Southport State High ($10 million) and Tamborine Mountain State High ($13.6 million) while 12 new classrooms will be built at Pacific Pines State High costing $8 million.

Varsity College will have its senior learning centre building refurbished at a cost of $2 million.

Member for Gaven Meghan Scanlon says the funding will ensure Gold Coast schools can cope with additional students while providing a first-class education.

“These are just some of the Gold Coast schools receiving millions of dollars for new buildings, classrooms and significant refurbishments to support their students,” Ms Scanlon said.

Treasurer Jackie Trad will hand down the State Budget on Tuesday.