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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jackie Trad
    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones
    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    First new state high schools to be built in inner-city Brisbane since 1963

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Thursday, June 08, 2017

    First new state high schools to be built in inner-city Brisbane since 1963

    Two new schools will open in the inner-city in Brisbane and another significantly expanded as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s plan to deliver better education for all Queensland students.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the State Budget would include a $500 million Building Future Schools Fund to build new schools, secure land in Queensland’s fastest growing regions and create 1500 jobs over five years in delivery the initiative.

    The Premier said the state government was investing record funding to build new schools and classrooms where they were needed most across Queensland.

    “We want every child to benefit from a quality education no matter where they live. That’s why we are investing $500 million over five years to help deliver world class education facilities where they are needed most,” she said.

    “We will always build new schools and new classrooms to cater for enrolments in our growing state,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “We will build first new high school in inner Brisbane since 1963.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said through the Fund, the Advancing Inner City Schools initiative will:

    • deliver a new state secondary school at the former Fortitude Valley State School site in partnership with Queensland University of Technology
    • establish a new high school in the inner-south working with the University of Queensland to take enrolment pressure off Brisbane State High School
    • support the expansion of West End State School to meet enrolment demand

    Education Minister Kate Jones said the Advancing Inner City Schools initiative would help alleviate enrolment pressures in Brisbane’s inner city.

    The new schools complement the Palaszczuk Government’s plans already underway for new state high schools in other growth areas across Queensland including Mt Low in Townsville, North Lakes/Mango Hill north of Brisbane, Calliope near Gladstone and Yarrabilba in South Logan.

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad said over the last 50 years, Brisbane used all available land to expand our existing school sites but you can only expand so much.

    “In the last decade we have seen more than 5000 extra students join state schools in and around the Brisbane CBD,” she said.

    “This growth is set to continue with more than 3,000 extra students expected to move into inner-Brisbane in the next five years.

    “It’s been more than 50 years since we built a new state high school in the inner Brisbane area and with growth set to continue our $500 million Building Future Schools Fund will help address enrolment growth.”

    Member for Brisbane Central Grace Grace said the Palaszczuk Government overturned the LNP’s plans to sell the former Fortitude Valley State School site.

    “If the LNP’s plans to sell this land had gone ahead, it would have meant spending millions of dollars to buy land to replace those assets sold off by Tim Nicholls.

    “Our commitment not to sell but to keep these assets for education purposes will now deliver dividends for Queensland.”

    Ms Jones said the Palaszczuk Government was delivering a record investment to build new classrooms and schools throughout Queensland.

    “We have already built a new special school in Cairns and opened three new schools this year - Bellbird Park State Secondary College, Pumicestone State School and Fernbrooke State School,” she said.

    “This year we’re building four new primary schools in Yarrabilba, Coomera, Caloundra South and Burdell (Townsville) – they will open first day of school in 2018.

    “We’ve also announced a new secondary school for Calliope for 2020 and the final Public Private Partnership school will be built in Springfield for 2019.

    “We will continue to build new schools in growth areas.

    “We need to continue to act to meet the increasing demands for student enrolments and plan ahead for next generation learning needs.”

    Ms Jones said the Department of Education would work with school communities over coming months to identify the best local solutions for each school.

    Media contact:

    • Kerryn Manifold (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791
    • Emma Clarey (Minister Jones’ office) 0437 069 516