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    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    $532 million capital works program for school building projects

    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Tuesday, June 03, 2008

    $532 million capital works program for school building projects

    A number of major school building projects have been given the green light as part of Education Queensland’s record $532 million capital works program in the 2008-09 State Budget.

    Education and Training Minister Rod Welford said the capital works program demonstrated the Bligh Government’s commitment to plan for and manage growth across the state.

    “Major infrastructure planned as part of the capital works program includes four new schools to keep pace with growth in south-east Queensland,” Mr Welford said.

    “In addition, we are investing $12.4 million for stage two of Stretton State College, $5.1 million for stage one of Mitchelton Special School’s redevelopment, $5 million for stage three of Western Cape College at Weipa and $4 million for stage 2A of Meridan State College on the Sunshine Coast.

    “A $9.5 million performing arts centre will also be built at Brisbane State High School, part of the school’s four-year, $20 million re-development, and a new $4.5 million eight-classroom, three-storey block at Ithaca Creek State School, while $7.7 million has been allocated towards the $7.8 million third stage of Isabella State School,” Mr Welford said.

    “Funding for other major projects for 2008-09 include $5.2 million towards the $5.4 million development of Earnshaw State College at Nudgee, $1.8 million towards a $2.7 million science block at Corinda State High School and $2.3 million towards an upgraded $2.7 million special education unit at Loganlea State High School.

    “A further $1.2 million has been allocated towards the $1.7 million cost of a new library block for Calliope State School, while $2.2 million will be spent on a $2.3 million new four-classroom block at Pine Rivers Special School.

    “These projects reflect our Government’s dedication to providing all students with modern facilities to help them reach their full potential.”

    Mr Welford said about $2.7 million had been allocated towards an eight-classroom two-story block at Yugumbir State School at Regents Park and $932,000 for a new $1 million music block at Yarilee State School in Hervey Bay.

    “In addition all schools will share in the $10 million grant for minor works program so they can address minor projects at a school level,” Mr Welford said.

    “And with the theme of ‘Education for All’ Education Queensland will continue its program to build facilities such as wheelchair access at schools during school holiday periods.

    “Investment in education capital works projects in 2008-09 will provide firm educational foundations as we prepare Queensland students for success in our global world.”

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