The Palaszczuk Government announced a record investment into education infrastructure last month as part of its COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan. It comes as welcome news for Queensland’s construction industry as it recovers from a turbulent 12 months.
Concept image of new Sunshine Coast school. (Photo credit: Queensland Government)
The education sector will receive a $15.3 billion investment as part of the new COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan, with $1.4 billion of that spending contributing to maintaining, renewing and building new facilities in South-East Queensland.
The infrastructure component of the budget includes:
- $913 million to deliver 10 new South-East Queensland schools opening in 2023 and 2024. The developments include six primary schools and four high schools in the critical growth areas of:
− Ripley and Bellbird Park in Ipswich & the Augustine Heights area;
− Yarrabilba and Logan Reserve in Logan;
− Redland Bay;
− Palmview on the Sunshine Coast;
− Springfield; and
− Park Ridge & Collingwood Park/Redbank Plains areas.
- $540.9 million towards 300 new classrooms at more than 35 schools, as well as administration buildings and amenities, delivering around 1600 jobs.
Creating jobs is vital to our recovery from COVID-19.
So, we’re very pleased to see the new education spend supporting jobs in Queensland’s construction sector!
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