New projects on the horizon for North Brisbane schools
Schools in Pine Rivers and surrounds will share in over $4.3 million worth of new projects, minor works and upgrades thanks to a funding boost from the Palaszczuk Government.
These projects form part of an overall investment of $220 million across Queensland, improving school facilities and supporting more than 720 jobs.
Several state schools across the Pine Rivers, Kurwongbah, and Murrumba area will be boosted from this funding, supporting local construction jobs during the economic recovery from COVID-19.
Pine Rivers MP Nikki Boyd said she was pleased to see over $1.5 million in new funding going towards schools in her electorate.
“This funding is fantastic news not only for these local school communities but also for local tradies who can tender for these projects,” she said.
“These projects are going to make a huge difference to our schools, providing much-needed refurbishments to create modern learning spaces for our students.”
“I’m particularly excited to see funding towards much-needed refurbishments at 3 local schools in my electorate.
Kurwongbah MP Shane King said he was thrilled to see over $1.2 million going towards schools in his electorate.
“I know that Burpengary State School will be stoked to hear about the $150,000 in funding they’ll soon receive for the refurbishment of an outdoor learning area and early years playground.
“I’m also happy to see $250,000 in funding going towards refurbishing classrooms at Jinibara State School,” he said.
Meanwhile, Member for Murrumba Steven Miles said this was positive news for a number of schools in his electorate.
“Both Dakabin State School and Dakabin State High School will share in $750,000 worth of refurbishment projects to improve the learning environments for local students.
“These upgrades will mean so much to the students and staff and I look forward to seeing work getting off the ground,” he said.
The funding boost is on top of $61 million being invested across schools in the area for facilities such as new classrooms, new halls, and extensions to existing halls.
Education Minister Grace Grace said the program would be a big job generator at a time when we need it the most.
“Queensland’s economic recovery from coronavirus begins with job creation and these works will help support jobs for local tradies.
“We always encourage our schools to engage local tradespeople to complete maintenance works and smaller jobs in schools.
“Interested tradies and contractors should contact the Business manager in schools located in their local area.
“Contractors and tradies who want to be notified of opportunities for any future tender processes for larger projects can register on the Queensland Government QTenders website, if they have not already done so already,” she said.
Md Grace said the programs across Queensland state schools were playing their role in stimulating the economy.
“We’re also supporting a consistent pipeline of work through the rollout of our Cooler Cleaner Schools Program.
“In total, our $477 million Cooler Cleaner Schools Program will support more than 1,500 jobs between now and June 2022 when its due to be completed.
“Over 650 schools across Queensland will benefit from air conditioning installations, making some 10,000 classrooms cooler and more comfortable.
“The program will also provide an additional $71 million over 3 years to create a virtual solar farm on school rooftops that will be used to power these additional air conditioners across the state.
Highlights of new funding in 2020/21: