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    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Preferred location identified for new inner-south high school

    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Saturday, February 10, 2018

    Preferred location identified for new inner-south high school

    The Dutton Park Ecosciences precinct has been identified as the preferred precinct for the first new high school to be built in Brisbane’s inner-south for more than 50 years.

    Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad said the new school was being built to service the growing local community and was designed to relieve pressure on Brisbane State High School.

    “As a local parent, I have witnessed first-hand the significant population growth in the inner-south and the corresponding impact on local school populations, like Brisbane State High, which is the largest secondary school across the nation,” Ms Trad said.

    “That’s why I have fought hard, on behalf of my local community, to secure a new school for the inner-south because I know it is the number one issue for our community.

    “I’m proud to be part of the Palaszczuk Government, which is delivering new schools right across our state in high growth areas, like the inner-city.

    “The Ecosciences Precinct has been identified as the best location for the new secondary school because it will help cater for current and future growth, ensuring that it will be a school planned and designed for the long term. Additionally, with its proximity and connection via the Eleanor Schonell Bridge to the University of Queensland - which is partnering with Education Queensland on this exciting education initiative – ensures that we maximise opportunities for students to access the University’s resources, facilities, lecturers and classes.

    “While already well connected to public transport through Park Road train station and the Eastern Busway, the Ecosciences Precinct will also be serviced by a future Cross River Rail station will provide further connection.

    “This is an important milestone but, as promised, information will be provided to the community for full consultation and engagement before finalising the decision about location.”

    Education Minister Grace Grace said the school was planned to open for Year 7 students from the start of 2021.

    “The school will have an active and long-term partnership with the University of Queensland to develop innovative education for students from Years 7 -12,” Ms Grace said.

    “A principal would be appointed in the second half of 2019 to work with key stakeholders to progress the development of the school’s vision, policies and curriculum.

    “Planning works are also underway for a new inner city north state secondary college, which is being developed in partnership with QUT, at Brookes Street in Fortitude Valley which is due to open in 2020.”

    School and community information sessions will be held during February and March 2018.

    The Inner City South School Community Reference Group, made up of principals and community representatives from neighbouring schools, the University of Queensland and from the Department of Education met during the latter part of 2017 and came together again this week to discuss the identification of the preferred precinct.

    Additional information is available from the Building Future Schools website. (http://advancingeducation.qld.gov.au/building-future-schools/Pages/default.aspx)

    This project is being delivered as part of the Queensland Government’s $800 million Building Future Schools Fund.

    Media contact: Clare Manton 0432 446 268