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    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Cairns scores $60M in accelerated works as part of State-wide jobs drive

    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Friday, January 29, 2016

    Cairns scores $60M in accelerated works as part of State-wide jobs drive

    Site works will start as soon as next week on the brand new $25 million Cairns Special School as the Palaszcuk Government’s $60 million accelerated works program kicks off in the Far north.

    Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt visited the site today with Cairns MP Rob Pyne and Barron River MP Craig Crawford.

    “We had Hutchinson Builders out here last week and signed off on the contract a few days ago so works can get underway here as soon as next week if it’s dry enough,” Mr Pitt said.

    “Our accelerated $60 million pipeline of works will support more than 150 full-time equivalent local jobs across the Far North.

    “This is about fast-tracking jobs and economic activity by getting projects like the $25 million Cairns Special School underway as soon as possible.”

    Member for Cairns Rob Pyne said the Cairns Special School was an important addition to education offering in the far north.

    “The need for this critical project has been known for years and although the LNP promised they’d get this done when they won the 2012 election did nothing, so I’m proud to be here to get this started,” Mr Pyne said.

    “I’d like to thank the steering committee for their work on developing the design, amenities and detail and working with the stakeholders reference group to achieve an optimal outcome.

    “We’ve decided to move the location of the school from the Alberta Drive side to where the oval currently is so that all three schools – Woree Primary, High and Special Schools – will all be aligned for ease of access for students.

    “It means the long jump pits and javelin area will be moved and a new football field built near the swimming pool closer to Alberta Drive.”

    Barron River MP Craig Crawford said this was a win for the entire Cairns region in terms of both jobs and education outcomes.

    "Cairns is the only major regional centre in Queensland that does not have a Special School which is unimaginable,” Mr Crawford said.

    “Soon that will no longer be the case, construction will be completed this year and the school will be ready to accept its first intake of students in 2017.

    “In the interim, the construction work at the school will support more than 70 full-time equivalent jobs here in the Far North and there’s more to come.”

    Other projects to be fast-tracked under the AWP in the Cairns region include:

    • $13 million to repair and replace parts of the Cairns Convention Centre roof
    • $12 million upgrades of Ergon depot at McLeod Street and Lake Street offices;
    • $4.5 million for a replacement police station at Gordonvale;
    • $3.5 million for the Gordonvale fire station; 
    • $2.5 million for Bruce Highway  works between Innisfail and Cairns;
    • $450,000 for Woree State High School security fence upgrade; and 
    • $200,000 to refurbish Block X and Y at Innisfail State College;

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said all levels of government needed to help accelerate projects, particularly where we are delivering them jointly. 

    “I urge the Federal Government to work with us to accelerate projects across the Cairns region and the rest of Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “I pay tribute to Curtis, Rob and Craig for their strong advocacy for projects and jobs in their communities."

     

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