State school for Caloundra South to be built by 2019
A NEW state school will be built at Caloundra South by 2019 to cater for the population growth expected with the construction of Stockland's Aura.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the construction of the school, along with two more - at Yarrabila and Coomera - on Monday morning, saying each would have capacity for about 1000 students.
"These three schools are in high growth corridors, with tens of thousands of new residents expected in each community in the coming decades, and are estimated to cost around $147 million," she said.
"When combined with other new schools in Townsville, Calliope and Cairns, it brings our investment in brand new schools to $312 million, supporting over 900 jobs.
"And it comes on top of the 290 extra teachers this year, part of our election commitment to deliver 2,500 new teachers over three years, including 875 over and above growth."
Education Minister Kate Jones said construction of the three schools will be packaged together.
"Packaging the school construction in this way will ensure we can drive efficiencies across all phases of delivery and the Government has ensured that the use of local labour will be prioritised," Ms Jones said.
"Under the Government's apprentice guarantee, 10% of employees working on a project must be apprentices or trainees.
"This means younger Queenslanders can benefit more from Government investment in infrastructure."
Procurement for the schools will start soon. Interested companies should visit hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders/