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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh
    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Queensland schools to receive $200 million upgrade

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Monday, November 09, 2009

    Queensland schools to receive $200 million upgrade

    More than 1800 classrooms in more than 300 schools will be rebuilt and refurbished under a $200 million building program, Premier Anna Bligh announced today.

    Ms Bligh was joined by Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson at Everton Park State School to inspect planned work on the school's $702,000 refurbishment of five classroom spaces, part of the final round of the State Schools of Tomorrow program which is modernising educational facilities throughout Queensland.

    “This is about delivering the most modern facilities for Queensland’s schools and students,” Ms Bligh said.

    "Work on the first 44 of these projects is nearing completion with the remaining 320 projects to be planned and delivered by June 2011.

    “This huge investment in school infrastructure is part of the Government's commitment to supporting and creating Queensland jobs.

    “Our government is prepared to make the hard decisions to keep our building program going, to deliver modern facilities and to keep people in jobs.

    “This is a program the LNP would have cut – they were prepared to divert funding from a program which is supporting our neediest schools.

    "This is not just an investment in providing modern teaching and learning environments - it's an investment in protecting Queensland jobs during tough economic times.

    "We are transforming our schools with these projects because we know having 21st Century facilities and technology will help us improve student achievement.

    "We want to see Queensland students up there with the best.

    "That's why we're focused on giving students what they need to succeed - quality teachers, extra help when they need it and world class resources and technology."

    The new school funding comes on top of the billion dollar teacher pay boost announced on the weekend.

    "Our new teachers will be the highest paid in the country under this deal and we want to make sure they've got great facilities to teach in.

    "We're delivering on better pay for our teachers and better classrooms for our kids so we can deliver the best education system in the country.”

    Mr Wilson said the first round of SSOT had already revitalised old school sites with new and renewed classrooms and resources.

    "We are spending $390 million on projects in Brisbane Bayside, Eastern

    Ipswich, Inala and Innisfail,” he said.

    "We've provided a mixture of new and refurbished buildings and upgraded infrastructure to bring these schools into the 21st century.

    "The Inala and Innisfail projects are due for completion at the end of this year, along with most of the Eastern Ipswich and Bayside renewal program.

    "The Darling Point Special School, Wynnum State School and Wynnum State High School projects are due for delivery in 2010 and the Bremer State High School relocation in 2011.

    "We know that investing in education is an investment in our state's future and that's why we're continuing to build and rebuild Queensland schools."

    Media contact:

    Premier's office: 3224 4500

    Minister's office: Jo Crompton or Emma Parnell 3237 1000