Schools across the Gold Coast will share in nearly $24 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 will be boosted from this funding, supporting local jobs during the economic recovery from COVID-19.
Gaven MP Meaghan Scanlon said she was pleased to see more than $1 million of this new funding going towards schools in her electorate.
“This funding is welcome news for these local communities but also for local tradies who can tender for these projects,” she said.
“I’m particularly excited to see funding going towards upgrading the amenities at Nerang State High School making them more comfortable for students.”
Education Minister Grace Grace said the program would be a big job generator at a time when we need it the most.
“The Palaszczuk Government’s plan for economic recovery from COVID-19 begins with job creation,” she said.
“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,” she said.
The funding boost is on top of the more than $100 million being invested in the region to deliver much needed facilities such as additional classrooms, refurbishments, as well as a brand-new primary school in Pimpama and a new special school in Coomera.
“By investing in new and upgraded school infrastructure it not only provides world-class education facilities for Queensland students.
Ms Grace said the programs across Queensland state schools were playing their role in stimulating the economy.
“These programs also ensure there is a pipeline of work to support local jobs.
Ms Grace said the Queensland Government was also supporting more jobs through the rollout of our $477 million Cooler Cleaner Schools Program.
“In total, the 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,” she said.
ALL PROJECTS ACROSS THE GOLD COAST
Arundel State School
Sports Courts Shade Structure
Maintenance for schools in the Bonney electorate
Minor Works for schools in the Bonney electorate
Southport State High School
Replacement building – Fire rectification
Biggera Waters State School
Refurbish Block B
Maintenance for schools in the Broadwater electorate
Minor Works for schools in the Broadwater electorate
Maintenance for schools in the Burleigh electorate
Minor Works for schools in the Burleigh electorate
Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School
Tennis Courts Upgrade
Tallebudgera Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre –
Refurbish Outdoor Learning Area
Cedar Creek State School
Enclose under B Block
Cedar Creek State School
Demolition of Cocky Corner (Bldg. 06), Blinky Bill (Bldg. 10), Old Amenities (Bldg. 12), High Level Tank
Maintenance for schools in the Coomera electorate
Minor Works for schools in the Coomera electorate
Woongoolba State School
Currumbin Valley State School
School Entrance Upgrade and Playground
Elanora State High School
Manual Arts Block Extension
Elanora State School
Maintenance for schools in the Currumbin electorate
Minor Works for schools in the Currumbin electorate
Maintenance for schools in the Gaven electorate
Minor Works for schools in the Gaven electorate
Nerang State High School
Maintenance for schools in the Mermaid Beach electorate
Merrimac State High School
Increase budget of existing SEP project
Minor Works for schools in the Mermaid Beach electorate
Robina State School
Maintenance for schools in the Mudgeeraba electorate
Minor Works for schools in the Mudgeeraba electorate
Mudgeeraba State School
Refurbishment of Block 7
Robina State High School
Refurbish English Block
Maintenance for schools in the Southport electorate
Minor Works for schools in the Southport electorate
Southport State School
Refurbish Prep Outdoor Learning Area
Maintenance for schools in the Surfers Paradise electorate
Minor Works for schools in the Surfers Paradise electorate
Surfers Paradise State School
Install partitions to PS78 Block
Helensvale State High School
Covered Learning Areas
Maintenance for schools in the Theodore electorate
Minor Works for schools in the Theodore electorate
Oxenford State School
Upper Coomera State College
Refurbish Blocks F & G