Labor pledges extra $80 million funding for Gold Coast schools

Federal Labor has released figures it says shows Gold Coast schools will be almost $80 million better off under its education funding plan.

With education looming as a key election issue next year, the Opposition last month pledged an extra $14 billion for all public schools across the country over the next decade.

The first three years of the plan will be worth $3.3 billion starting from 2020.


Labor has now released figures showing just how much schools on the Gold Coast will benefit.

Varsity College will be the biggest winner with an extra $3.24 million over three years, Helensvale State High School is in line for an extra $3.01 million while $2.88 million has been earmarked for Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School.

The electorate of Forde which takes in part of the northern Gold Coast will get the majority of funding with $26.6 million dollars however most of that is slated for schools in Logan.

Forde is one the most marginal seats in the country which Labor is confident of taking from the LNP.

Labor Senator Murray Watt says it will be a big win for Gold Coast schools.

“We’re making it a very a clear choice at the next federal election that if people want to see more investment in Gold Coast schools and provide the educational benefits to kids and the economic benefits that come to the Gold Coast in better investment in schools, then there’s really only one choice,”Senator Watt said.

“What it means is that every single student in every single public school across the Gold Coast will be better off under a Shorten Labor Government.”

Senator Watt says schools will be given the discretion to decide how the money is spent.

“However schools use it, we are confident that the extra investment in kids’ education will make a lifetime of difference to them.”

The full list of extra funding for Gold Coast schools under Labor’s education plan –

Varsity College – $3,240,000
Helensvale State High School – $3,010,000
Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School – $2,880,000
Upper Coomera State College – $2,530,000
Benowa State High School – $2,140,000
Southport State High School – $2,050,000
Pimpama State Secondary College – $1,630,000
Pacific Pines State High School – $1,1620,000
Robina State High School – $1,620,000
Park Ridge High State High School – $1,600,000
Windaroo Valley State High School – $1,600,000
Merrimac State High School – $1,480,000
Coombabah State High School – $1,470,000
Miami State High School – $1,450,000
Ormeau Woods State High School – $1,380,000
Coomera Rivers State School – $1,330,000
Nerang State High School – $1,320,000
Elanora State High School – $1,120,000
Arundel State School – $1,110,000
Keebra Park State High School – $1,090,000
Norfolk Village State School – $1,040,000
Helensvale State School – $1,000,000
Caningeraba State School – $940,000
Labrador State School – $880,000
Pacific Pines State School – $880,000
Ormeau State School – $860,000
Clover Hill State School – $860,000
Biggera Waters State School – $840,000
Coomera Springs State School – $830,000
Coomera State School – $820,000
Southport Special School – $820,000
Highland Reserve State School – $810,000
Ashmore State School – $800,000
Benowa State School – $790,000
Mudgeeraba State School – $780,000
Broadbeach State School – $770,000
Merrimac State School – $750,000
Miami State School – $750,000
Robina State School – $740,000
Tallebudgera State School – $690,000
Coombabah State School – $680,000
Worongary State School – $670,000
Surfers Paradise State School – $650,000
Pimpama State Primary College $630,000
Pimpama State School – $590,000
Bellevue Park State School – $570,000
William Duncan State School – $570,000
Mudgeeraba Special School – $560,000
Southport State School – $560,000
Oxenford State School – $510,000
Burleigh Heads State School – $500,000
Musgrave State School – $490,000
Palm Beach State School – $470,000
Nerang State School – $350,000
Queensland Academy for Health Sciences – $350,000
Currumbin Community Special School – $310,000
Coolangatta State School – $210,000
Woongoolba State School – $ 200,000
Currumbin Valley State School – $170,000
Ingleside State School –$110,000