Building Future Schools Fund

Building Future Schools Fund

The Queensland Government’s 19/20 State Budget has expanded the Building Future Schools (BFS)Fund by $532.6 million to a total of $1.3 billion to deliver world class learning environments for Queensland students, including new primary, secondary and special schools opening in 2020 and 2021.

The BFS Fund is supporting the master planning of inner-city state schools, delivering new state schools in growth areas across the state, investing in existing school assets and making strategic land acquisitions for the future.

The BFS Fund is delivering new and innovative education infrastructure solutions for growing communities.

Queenslanders are changing the way they live and where they choose to live with more families deciding to embrace inner city living.

Over the last 10 years, around 5000 additional students have joined Queensland state schools in and around the Brisbane CBD. This growth is set to continue with more than 3000 additional students expected to move into inner Brisbane in the next five years.

As part of the approach to inner-city schooling, the BFS Fund is enhancing school infrastructure, building and strengthening strategic partnerships and developing and refining long-term master plans to support state schools as part of Brisbane’s changing landscape.

The BFS Fund will:


Last updated 14 June 2019

Building Future Schools Fund

The Queensland Government’s 19/20 State Budget has expanded the Building Future Schools (BFS)Fund by $532.6 million to a total of $1.3 billion to deliver world class learning environments for Queensland students, including new primary, secondary and special schools opening in 2020 and 2021.

The BFS Fund is supporting the master planning of inner-city state schools, delivering new state schools in growth areas across the state, investing in existing school assets and making strategic land acquisitions for the future.

The BFS Fund is delivering new and innovative education infrastructure solutions for growing communities.

Queenslanders are changing the way they live and where they choose to live with more families deciding to embrace inner city living.

Over the last 10 years, around 5000 additional students have joined Queensland state schools in and around the Brisbane CBD. This growth is set to continue with more than 3000 additional students expected to move into inner Brisbane in the next five years.

As part of the approach to inner-city schooling, the BFS Fund is enhancing school infrastructure, building and strengthening strategic partnerships and developing and refining long-term master plans to support state schools as part of Brisbane’s changing landscape.

The BFS Fund will:


Last updated 14 June 2019

  • Record budget delivers education infrastructure for our growing state

    5 days ago

    The Palaszczuk Government will invest a record $1.464 billion building new state schools and refurbishing, maintaining and expanding existing state schools right across Queensland.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the 2019-20 Budget would fund the construction of four additional new state schools in some of the fastest-growing communities across the state.

    “New primary and special schools will be built at Palmview and a new secondary school will be built at Caloundra South on the Sunshine Coast, and a new primary school will be built at Pimpama on the Gold Coast,” The Premier said.

    “These new state schools will enrol students for...

    The Palaszczuk Government will invest a record $1.464 billion building new state schools and refurbishing, maintaining and expanding existing state schools right across Queensland.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the 2019-20 Budget would fund the construction of four additional new state schools in some of the fastest-growing communities across the state.

    “New primary and special schools will be built at Palmview and a new secondary school will be built at Caloundra South on the Sunshine Coast, and a new primary school will be built at Pimpama on the Gold Coast,” The Premier said.

    “These new state schools will enrol students for day 1, 2021 along with the new Inner City South State Secondary College, which we’re delivering in Dutton Park for Brisbane’s inner southern suburbs. “This investment will see the total number of new schools opened by my government since 2015 increase to 26.”

    Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the 2019-20 Budget also included funding for early works on a new secondary school at Palmview, which is forecast to open in 2023.

    “Not only does this Budget provide funding for new and enhanced education infrastructure across Queensland, it has the added benefit of driving job creation in the construction industry,” the Treasurer said.

    Education Minister Grace Grace said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to delivering the new and enhanced education infrastructure Queensland’s growing state schools needed now and into the future.

    “Over the past 12 months, my department has undertaken master planning of 35 inner city schools in Brisbane to ensure they have the infrastructure they need for the future,” Ms Grace said.

    “I am pleased that this year’s budget includes funding to start bringing these master plans to fruition at eight schools – Toowong, Newmarket, Brisbane Central, New Farm, Morningside, Ithaca Creek, Windsor and Petrie Terrace state schools.

    “This will see new and enhanced classrooms, libraries, canteens and administration areas built at these schools, which will make these great schools even better.

    “State schools in regional Queensland are also in line for an infrastructure boost, with the Budget providing funding for a range of projects at schools from the tip of Cape York and West to Mount Isa.”

    Ms Grace said the 2019-20 Budget also included increased funding of $100 million over four years for priority state school air-conditioning projects which, including existing investment, will bring total funding to $191 million over five years.

    “This will include urgent replacement of air-conditioning units in schools in the Cooler Schools Zone and other priority school air-conditioning projects as identified through a review of state school air-conditioning needs,” she said.

    Ms Grace said the Budget also continued to deliver on the Government’s commitment to employ an additional 3,700 teachers over four years.

    “This Budget includes additional funding to employ 1000 additional teachers and over 200 extra teacher aides to cater for increased enrolments in our Queensland state schools, including a boost of at least 240 teachers and teacher aides to ensure students with a disability get the support they need,” she said.

    “Since March 2015, we have employed an additional 4,800 full-time equivalent teachers and around 1400 teacher aides to ensure students have the support they need to become the global citizens of tomorrow. Our significant investment in new and enhanced educational facilities and additional teachers and teacher aides will ensure all Queensland children receive a world-class education wherever they live.”


  • Name revealed for inner-city college opening in 2020

    5 days ago

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Treasurer and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Member for McConnel Grace Grace have revealed the new high school opening in Brisbane’s inner north in 2020 will be formally known as Fortitude Valley State Secondary College.

    The Premier said the new school, which will welcome its foundation Year 7 class in January, would be a game changer for Brisbane city.

    “I’m proud that my government stopped the LNP’s planned sell off of the former Fortitude Valley State School and that the site can now be re-purposed as the new Fortitude Valley State Secondary College,” The Premier said.

    “The...

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Treasurer and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Member for McConnel Grace Grace have revealed the new high school opening in Brisbane’s inner north in 2020 will be formally known as Fortitude Valley State Secondary College.

    The Premier said the new school, which will welcome its foundation Year 7 class in January, would be a game changer for Brisbane city.

    “I’m proud that my government stopped the LNP’s planned sell off of the former Fortitude Valley State School and that the site can now be re-purposed as the new Fortitude Valley State Secondary College,” The Premier said.

    “The college will be the first high school to be built in Brisbane’s inner city in more than 50 years and I’m excited to be able to join with Grace to give the school an identity as it prepares for it’s opening on day one of the 2020 school year.”

    Ms Grace said she had recently met with prospective students and parents at a community BBQ at the Holy Trinity Church Hall in Fortitude Valley, and the name was a popular choice.

    She said the construction of Fortitude Valley State Secondary College would support an estimated 325 jobs across its two-stage construction phase.

    “Hutchinson Builders are doing a fantastic job with the build, which includes a vertical junior learning block that will reach seven storeys when complete,” she said.

    The college’s Brookes Street precinct will accommodate the foundation Year 7 students and will be ready for the first day of the 2020 school year.

    The St Pauls Terrace precinct will be delivered during 2020, welcoming students in Semester 2.

    Foundation Principal Sharon Barker said she was passionate about developing a new school that will deliver high quality education for Brisbane’s inner city north community.

    “Fortitude Valley is in this wonderful position at the moment where it’s right on the edge of something very exciting,” Ms Barker said.

    “Acknowledging Fortitude Valley in the name of our school is a testament to both our location and the important role that we’d like our local community to play in developing the culture of our school.

    “As a very proud state school principal, I look forward to welcoming students from every background and capability – this will bring great diversity which will be a strength of our new college.”


  • Catchment confirmed for new Inner City North State Secondary College

    5 days ago

    The catchment area for the new Inner City North State Secondary College has been released today.

    Education Minister and McConnel MP Grace Grace said families from within the school’s catchment could now apply to enrol in the school’s foundation Year 7 class in 2020.

    “After consulting with the local community late last year, the Department of Education has finalised the catchment for the new state high school, providing much anticipated certainty for local families,” Ms Grace said.

    “It’s fantastic to achieve this milestone, which will allow us to open enrolments for the first cohort of Year 7 students, so they...

    The catchment area for the new Inner City North State Secondary College has been released today.

    Education Minister and McConnel MP Grace Grace said families from within the school’s catchment could now apply to enrol in the school’s foundation Year 7 class in 2020.

    “After consulting with the local community late last year, the Department of Education has finalised the catchment for the new state high school, providing much anticipated certainty for local families,” Ms Grace said.

    “It’s fantastic to achieve this milestone, which will allow us to open enrolments for the first cohort of Year 7 students, so they are ready to start school in Term 1, 2020.

    “The feedback from the local community highlighted that the local inner northern Brisbane communities are very excited to be a part of this future-focused secondary college.”

    Ms Grace said the catchment area was developed using a negotiated catchment boundary that has been informed by using equidistant boundary principles but of not splitting residential streets, a consistent approach to the Inner City South State Secondary College catchment.

    Inner City North State Secondary College Principal Sharon Barker said she couldn’t wait to hear from potential new foundation students and their families.

    “During the consultation period, the Department of Education called for preliminary expressions of interest for enrolments and has had more than 250 initial EOIs,” Ms Barker said.

    “Now that the catchment has been finalised, all eligible families, including those that submitted a preliminary expression of interest, are now encouraged to apply to enrol at our school.”

    After opening to Year 7 students in 2020, the college will grow another year level each year through until 2025, when the school will offer all Years 7 to 12.

    Minister Grace said construction of the school was progressing daily, with the Brookes Street precinct and junior learning building well underway. These buildings will form the learning environments for the start of the 2020 school year.

    “The site is a hive of activity and it’s exciting to see the buildings taking shape,” Ms Grace said.

    “With the crane now onsite, the vertical buildings to be delivered during 2020 are already out of the ground and progressing well.

    “The existing Brookes Street building is also undergoing a transformation ready for the opening in January 2020.”

    The project is part of the Queensland Government’s $808 million Building Future Schools Fund.

    For more information or to download an enrolment application form, visit the project website: http://advancingeducation.qld.gov.au/building-future-schools

    More information on the EOI for student enrolment will be available on the Building Future Schools Website. Parents/carers can also contact the ICNSSC Enrolments Officer Brian Sullivan to apply to enrol: 0436 802 065 or bsull78@eq.edu.au


  • Education infrastructure investment produces job boom

    5 days ago

    The Palaszczuk Government’s record investment in education infrastructure is delivering more schools, new and refurbished classrooms and supporting jobs in the building and construction industry.

    Education Minister Grace Grace said the construction of the eight new schools opening in Queensland next year was supporting around 1370 construction jobs.

    “Next year, the Palaszczuk Government will open new schools in some of the fastest growing communities in Queensland – Yarrabilba, Ripley Valley, Coomera, Mango Hill, Caboolture, Calliope and Fortitude Valley,” Ms Grace said.

    “That will take the total number of new schools opened since the election of the Palaszczuk Government to 21,...

    The Palaszczuk Government’s record investment in education infrastructure is delivering more schools, new and refurbished classrooms and supporting jobs in the building and construction industry.

    Education Minister Grace Grace said the construction of the eight new schools opening in Queensland next year was supporting around 1370 construction jobs.

    “Next year, the Palaszczuk Government will open new schools in some of the fastest growing communities in Queensland – Yarrabilba, Ripley Valley, Coomera, Mango Hill, Caboolture, Calliope and Fortitude Valley,” Ms Grace said.

    “That will take the total number of new schools opened since the election of the Palaszczuk Government to 21, and a further two schools, Dutton Park and Baringa, will open in 2021.

    “Not only is this a tremendous boost to public education in Queensland, our ambitious infrastructure program has the added benefit of creating jobs in the state’s construction industry.”

    The construction jobs being supported through the construction of new schools are:

    School

    Cost

    Jobs supported

    New high school, Fortitude Valley

    $80 million

    300

    New high school, Coomera

    $64 million

    170

    New high school, Yarrabilba

    $65 million

    170

    New high school, Calliope

    $66 million

    180

    New primary AND secondary schools, Ripley Valley

    $120 million

    316

    New special school, Caboolture

    $24 million

    64

    New high school, Mango Hill

    $64 million

    170

    “If you add in all the projects to provide new and refurbished facilities at existing schools across the state, the Palaszczuk Government is supporting around 2700 jobs through its education infrastructure program,” Ms Grace said.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is also creating jobs by employing more teachers.

    “There are currently 1,165 additional full-time equivalent teachers and 264 full-time equivalent teacher aides working in schools today compared to 12 months ago.

    “Since the election of the Palaszczuk Government, the number of full-time equivalent teachers in Queensland’s state schools has increased by more than 4800 and the number of teacher aides has grown by close to 1400.”


  • Gold Coast schools embrace $240 million investment

    about 2 months ago

    Education Minister Grace Grace has today turned the ceremonial first sod on a new $64 million high school at Coomera, which forms part of a $240 million infrastructure blitz at 16 schools across the Gold Coast.

    While on the Coast, Ms Grace also opened a new performing arts centre at Pimpama State Secondary College and inspected the library and refurbished special education block at Pacific Pines State School.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is injecting $240 million into new facilities such as learning centres and halls right across the Gold Coast, from Palm Beach to Broadbeach and up to Helensvale,” Ms Grace...

    Education Minister Grace Grace has today turned the ceremonial first sod on a new $64 million high school at Coomera, which forms part of a $240 million infrastructure blitz at 16 schools across the Gold Coast.

    While on the Coast, Ms Grace also opened a new performing arts centre at Pimpama State Secondary College and inspected the library and refurbished special education block at Pacific Pines State School.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is injecting $240 million into new facilities such as learning centres and halls right across the Gold Coast, from Palm Beach to Broadbeach and up to Helensvale,” Ms Grace said.

    “These projects support 600 full-time jobs, which is also a fantastic boost to the local economy.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to delivering new classrooms and new schools where they are needed most in Queensland, including the booming Gold Coast region.

    “We need to provide the infrastructure in schools to keep pace with the rapidly growing population on the Gold Coast and that is exactly what this Government is doing.

    “More than 192,000 jobs have been created in Queensland since the Palaszczuk Government was elected. Almost all of the 4900 new jobs created during March were fulltime. Imagine what we could do with a fair share from Canberra.”

    Construction of the high school at Coomera will support up to 168 full-time jobs, with FK Gardner & Sons awarded the contract.

    “The first year 7 students will walk through the gates of this brand-new school on day one of the 2020 school year, with stage one to include junior classrooms, a covered lunch area, sports centre and an oval,” Ms Grace said.

    “It was wonderful to be joined at the sod turn today by foundation principal Kym Amor who will lead the school from scratch, starting work this term.

    “Ms Amor has been in the teaching profession for 22 years and has an impressive resume, leading Mansfield State School for the last three years.

    “I’d like to congratulate Ms Amor on her appointment and I have no doubt she will do a great job.”

    Ms Grace officially opened a performing arts centre at Pimpama State Secondary College today, one of three new buildings delivered as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s 2020 Ready Program.

    “The performing arts centre and two learning centres equal a $25 million investment at Pimpama, supporting 66 full-time jobs during construction,” Ms Grace said.

    “Pimpama State Secondary College’s enrolment numbers have skyrocketed since the school opened in 2013, growing from 295 to 1750 students in 2019, so these buildings are a welcome addition to the school.”

    As part of her Gold Coast school tour, Ms Grace also joined Gaven MP Meaghan Scanlon at Pacific Pines State School to inspect two refurbishment projects, including a $740,000 upgrade to a special education block and a $990,000 upgrade to the library.

    “Pacific Pines is a great school that is helping to shape its students into the global leaders of tomorrow,” Ms Scanlon said.

    “The $1.7 million investment in the school by the Palaszczuk Government has breathed new life into these facilities, with the refurbishment including a re-paint, installation of new fans and flooring and new multi-purpose rooms,” Ms Scanlon said.

    For more information on school infrastructure projects across Queensland visit: https://qed.qld.gov.au/programs-initiatives/det/building-education.

    ENDS

    Media contact: Laura McKee 0451 997 920


  • All systems go for new Yarrabilba high school

    about 2 months ago

    Education Minister Grace Grace and Logan MP Linus Power have announced who will lead one of South East Queensland’s newest schools, as the first sod was turned on a $65 million state secondary school in Yarrabilba.

    Mr Power said Broad Construction had been awarded the contract to build the school, which is one of eight set to open in Queensland in 2020.

    “Today is a really exciting milestone for my local community, with the first year 7 and 8 students to walk through the gates on day one of the 2020 school year,” Mr Power said.

    “This is a promise...

    Education Minister Grace Grace and Logan MP Linus Power have announced who will lead one of South East Queensland’s newest schools, as the first sod was turned on a $65 million state secondary school in Yarrabilba.

    Mr Power said Broad Construction had been awarded the contract to build the school, which is one of eight set to open in Queensland in 2020.

    “Today is a really exciting milestone for my local community, with the first year 7 and 8 students to walk through the gates on day one of the 2020 school year,” Mr Power said.

    “This is a promise the Premier made at the 2017 election and we are delivering on our promise.

    “Not only will this school be a world-class facility for our young people, but it will create 173 full-time jobs which is a huge boost to our local economy.

    “Jobs are Annastacia Palaszczuk’s top priority. We’re taking action across the state to boost our economy and ensure that it’s Queenslanders that benefit.

    “Latest jobs figures released today show almost 185,000 jobs have been created in Queensland since January, 2015.

    “And building community infrastructure we need will only contribute to further jobs growth.”

    Mr Power and Ms Grace also announced Belinda Tregea as the school’s foundation principal, who joined in on the sod turn today.

    “Mrs Tregea brings a wealth of experience, working as a teacher for over 30 years and as principal at Loganlea State High School for the last 10 years,” Ms Grace said.

    “I have no doubt she will do a stellar job in leading this new school.”

    Mrs Tregea said she was excited about starting a school from scratch.

    “I am very honoured to be appointed as foundation principal and I’m looking forward to working closely with the community to position the school as secondary school of choice for every Yarrabilba family.”

    Approximately 300 year 7 and 8 students are expected to enrol at Yarrabilba next year, with the school to eventually accommodate up to 1,800 students in years 7-12 by 2024.

    Mr Power said growth in the Yarrabilba area had skyrocketed.

    “Yarrabilba is one of the state’s fastest-growing masterplanned communities which is predicted to grow by almost 14,000 people by the end of 2031,” Mr Power said.

    “Stage one will feature a junior general learning centre, technology centre, science centre, food and hospitality centre and a resource centre.

    “It will also include a double court sports centre, canteen and sports oval.”

    Ms Grace said the school was being constructed as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $808 million Building Future Schools Fund (BFS).

    “In 2020 we are opening a new state secondary college in Fortitude Valley; new secondary schools in Calliope, Coomera, Mango Hill, and Ripley Valley; a new primary school in Ripley Valley; and a new special school in Caboolture,” Ms Grace said.

    “Queensland is a growing state and we are building the infrastructure and services we need.”

    Consultation on the catchment and enrolment expressions of interest will commence mid-year.

    Mrs Tregea will start work in term 2.

    For more information on BFS projects, visit: https://qed.qld.gov.au/programs-initiatives/det/building-education.

    To download concept design images of the new school, click here (external site)

    Media contact: Laura McKee 0451 997 920


  • School expansion project adjusted to accommodate sacred tree

    about 2 months ago

    Plans for a $36.3 million expansion of the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology (QASMT) in Toowong have been revised to ensure a 300-year-old Scar Tree will be protected.

    Education Minister Grace Grace said a three-storey ‘Northern Learning Centre’ will be built at another site at the academy, outside the Tree’s protection zone. Construction is due to start on the centre today.

    Ms Grace said her department had been working closely with the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and the traditional owners, the Turrbal People, to ensure the expansion could still be delivered while respecting the...

    Plans for a $36.3 million expansion of the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology (QASMT) in Toowong have been revised to ensure a 300-year-old Scar Tree will be protected.

    Education Minister Grace Grace said a three-storey ‘Northern Learning Centre’ will be built at another site at the academy, outside the Tree’s protection zone. Construction is due to start on the centre today.

    Ms Grace said her department had been working closely with the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and the traditional owners, the Turrbal People, to ensure the expansion could still be delivered while respecting the cultural and environmental sensitivities of the site.

    “My department takes its role in supporting environmental protection and minimising the impact of our actions on the environment very seriously,” Ms Grace said.

    “Senior officers from my department have had a series of discussions with the Turrbal people and they have agreed with our proposal to adjust the location of the building in order to avoid any impact on the tree.

    “I woud like to thank the representatives of the Turrbal people for their willingness to work with the department to find an outcome that is a win for the community and for our students.”

    Ms Grace said the $36.3 million Stage Two expansion includes the construction of the Northern Learning Centre and a STEM hub.

    “This wonderful project will support up to 96 full-time jobs which is a welcome boost to the local economy,” she said.

    “The Northern Learning Centre is expected to be finished in March 2020, featuring 12 classrooms, staff rooms, undercover parking and a courtyard.

    “The centre is expected to accommodate year 8 and 9 students.

    “Meanwhile, construction of the STEM building started in February and is expected to be finished in time for day one of the 2020 school year.”

    Ms Grace said the project would deliver exciting opportunities for high-achieving Queensland state school students.

    “QASMT is going from strength to strength, with the first intake of year 7 students walking through the doors in term one this year,” Ms Grace said.

    “The academy enables Queensland’s state school students to fast-track their school studies, undertake university subjects, and work with industry to combine career based and university level studies.

    “This expansion will enable even more Queensland students to access the International Baccalaureate® — a leading, internationally recognised pre-university qualification.”

    Media contact: Scott Chandler 0439 578 472


  • New high school at Dutton Park coming to life!

    about 2 months ago

    State-of-the-art learning and innovative teaching hubs will form key elements of the exciting new Inner City South State Secondary College in Dutton Park’s knowledge precinct.

    Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad today released the new concept master plan and designs for the new high school for community feedback today.

    Ms Trad said the Brisbane-based team of architects and consultants leading the impressive designs, BVN, were appointed in late 2018.

    “The concept master plan for the new state high school is a key milestone, bringing this project to life through the design of contemporary learning centres set around...

    State-of-the-art learning and innovative teaching hubs will form key elements of the exciting new Inner City South State Secondary College in Dutton Park’s knowledge precinct.

    Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad today released the new concept master plan and designs for the new high school for community feedback today.

    Ms Trad said the Brisbane-based team of architects and consultants leading the impressive designs, BVN, were appointed in late 2018.

    “The concept master plan for the new state high school is a key milestone, bringing this project to life through the design of contemporary learning centres set around an inspiring outdoor learning plaza that will form the heart of the school site,” Ms Trad said.

    “The learning plaza will become the central gathering space at the school and provides a strong sense of community in this inner-urban context.

    “This game-changing project is part of the Queensland Government’s $800 million Building Future Schools Fund.

    “Stage One of the new high school will be completed in time for foundation Year 7 students to commence in Term 1, 2021, with the school continuing to grow a year level each year through to 2026 when the school will offer Year 7 to Year 12 .

    “I am really impressed by the concept master plan and I encourage local residents to visit the Building Future Schools website for their first look at the designs and provide valuable feedback.”

    The concept master plan is also available at www.advancingeducation.qld.gov.au/building-future-schools

    Ms Trad said the community would continue to play a vital role in the development of this flagship school for the inner south.

    “The community have been great advocates for this much-needed school and have already provided excellent ideas and suggestions which have guided these concepts and designs,” she said.

    “I encourage the local community to take the time to look at the concept drawings and images and provide their thoughts and feedback. This will shape the detailed design that the design team will finalise in coming months.”

    Community feedback sessions will be held on the following dates:

    - Tuesday 23 April 2019: 5.30pm – 7.00pm (Dutton Park State School library)

    - Saturday 27 April 2019: 10.00am – 12.00pm (Gair Park)

    - Saturday 4 May 2019: 12.00pm – 2.00pm (Gair Park).

    Attendees are requested to pre-register via www.advancingeducation.qld.gov.au/building-future-schools

    Feedback can also be lodged online until Sunday 12 May 2019.

    ENDS

    Media contact: Clare Manton 0432 446 268


  • Three big milestones for new Inner North College

    6 months ago

    The new flagship state secondary school in Brisbane’s inner north has achieved three big milestones with the appointment of the building contractor, the start of construction and the release of the proposed catchment area.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was joined by Minister for Education and Member for McConnel Grace Grace to turn the first sod today, determined to deliver the once-in-a-generation new school by 2020.

    “Construction is starting on the first school being built in Brisbane’s inner city in more than 50 years, this is an historic moment,” the Premier said.

    “Not only will it deliver a state-of-the art education facility...

    The new flagship state secondary school in Brisbane’s inner north has achieved three big milestones with the appointment of the building contractor, the start of construction and the release of the proposed catchment area.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was joined by Minister for Education and Member for McConnel Grace Grace to turn the first sod today, determined to deliver the once-in-a-generation new school by 2020.

    “Construction is starting on the first school being built in Brisbane’s inner city in more than 50 years, this is an historic moment,” the Premier said.

    “Not only will it deliver a state-of-the art education facility for our young people but it will create 300 full-time jobs, providing a valuable shot-in-the-arm for our construction sector.

    “The new Inner North Secondary College will also be Brisbane’s first vertical state high school and is being delivered as part of my government’s $808 million Building Future Schools Fund.

    “Brisbane-founded Hutchinson Builders has been awarded the contract to build this leading state high school and I am also delighted that Brisbane architect Thomson Adsett will lead the detailed design in partnership with Hutchinson Builders.”

    The latest data from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office shows the number of children living in the inner-city has increased by some 30 per cent since 2011 and a further 3000 students are expected to move to the area over the next five years.

    Minister Grace said the proposed catchment map was also released today and called for suggestions for the school’s official name and expressions of interest for student enrolments.

    “The release of the school’s proposed catchment means the new school now has its own distinct local community,” she said.

    “The proposed catchment has been created using an equidistant boundary between the new school and its neighbouring state high schools – the same process that applies for other schools across Queensland.

    “The proposed School Enrolment Management Plan (EMP) will prioritise local students to ensure we relieve pressure on inner city enrolments.”

    The new school’s foundation Principal, Sharon Barker, said the Department of Education had also opened expressions of interest for student enrolment.

    “The enrolment expression of interest will help us begin to establish our local school community,” she said.

    “Whilst this process does not guarantee your child a place, it allows you to be part of our developing school community.

    “I am looking forward to working closely with the community to build this outstanding new school.”

    To view the proposed catchment and School EMP, express your interest in enrolling or provide your suggestions for an official school name, visit: https://yoursay.buildingfutureschools.advancingeducation.qld.gov.au/inner-city-north-state-secondary-college ( https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com )

    The Palaszczuk Government is spending $1 billion on education infrastructure this year, supporting nearly 2,700 jobs.

    ENDS

    Media contact:

    Zoe Russell (Premier’s Office) – 0439 982 347

    Scott Chandler (Minister Grace’s Office) – 0439 578 472


  • Have your say on the design of the new Inner City South State Secondary College

    8 months ago

    The community is invited to share their design ideas for the new Inner City South State Secondary College at two upcoming interactive design sessions.

    Education Minister Grace Grace said the community’s input was essential to starting the design process.

    “The project team is currently procuring an architect to commence design and master planning for the school,” Ms Grace said.

    “To get this process underway, we want to outline the values and preferences of our local community to guide the design from the outset.

    “We want to hear the community’s view on the creative and innovative learning spaces required to ensure...

    The community is invited to share their design ideas for the new Inner City South State Secondary College at two upcoming interactive design sessions.

    Education Minister Grace Grace said the community’s input was essential to starting the design process.

    “The project team is currently procuring an architect to commence design and master planning for the school,” Ms Grace said.

    “To get this process underway, we want to outline the values and preferences of our local community to guide the design from the outset.

    “We want to hear the community’s view on the creative and innovative learning spaces required to ensure the school meets contemporary educational needs for inner city students.

    “This is a unique and exciting opportunity to help play a part in the design of this future-focussed education facility.”

    Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad welcomed the announcement of the next round of consultation.

    “Community participation is incredibly important in the development of this wonderful educational facility and I encourage all local residents to get involved,” Ms Trad said.

    “Community members can attend one of the two community design sessions and participate in the interactive activities or provide their ideas online via the project website.”

    The community is invited to drop-in and talk to a project team member and share their design ideas for the new school at one of the following information sessions:

    • Saturday 27 October, 2pm to 4pm, Dutton Park State School Hall, 112 Annerley Road, Dutton Park.
    • Thursday 1 November, 6pm to 8pm, Dutton Park State School Hall, 112 Annerley Road, Dutton Park.


    Please register for the event online. If you are unable to attend a drop-in session, you can share your design ideas for the new school on the project website until Sunday 4 November 2018.

    For more information visit http://advancingeducation.qld.gov.au/building-future-schools/Pages/default.aspx