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

    Bonanza for Queensland state schools

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

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008

    Bonanza for Queensland state schools

    Older schools and classrooms across Queensland are set to receive a major makeover in the next phase of the Bligh Government’s $850 million State Schools of Tomorrow initiative.

    Education and Training Minister Rod Welford announced today that more Queensland state schools, students and teachers would benefit from $315 million in funding in the next stage of the significant renewal and modernisation project.

    “We will be upgrading classrooms and other school buildings into first-class 21st century learning environments where students and teachers will thrive,” Mr Welford said.

    “In the last three months I have announced almost $390 million in funding for the first four project areas – Innisfail, Inala, Brisbane Bayside and Eastern Ipswich.

    “These communities can look forward to enormous changes to their local schools over the next couple of years with new schools being built and existing schools undergoing major renewal.

    “Now we will turn our attention to the next phase where rather than focusing on discrete community clusters, we’ll be looking at schools right across the state.”

    Mr Welford said the Department of Education, Training and the Arts was conducting an audit of school facilities to determine which were in greatest need of modernisation and renewal.

    “We will be concentrating our efforts on schools in greatest need – where students and teachers are at risk of being left behind because they don’t have access to more advanced facilities,” he said.

    “Our Government will deliver better learning environments in classrooms, improved libraries and upgraded computer rooms to hundreds of schools right across the state. This will include renewing many older classrooms as well as providing some new ones.

    “Our focus will be on schools and buildings built before 1988 when more modern school facility standards were introduced.

    “In addition, I announced in the State Budget that a further $100 million will be invested for the maintenance of schools and departmental housing over the next two years - the single biggest funding injection into maintenance of Queensland schools in the state’s history.

    “We will soon begin making plans to renew older school buildings and transform into facilities that are essential for modern teaching methods and to support new curriculum opportunities in maths, science, technology and engineering.

    “As I travel around the state visiting schools, I too often see the huge disparity between the older and newer schools. All Queensland state school children should have access to excellent learning facilities and opportunities, no matter where they live.”

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