Schools in the Caboolture area will share in more than $2.5 million worth of new projects, minor works and upgrades thanks to a funding boost from the Palaszczuk Government.
These projects form part of an overall investment of $220 million across Queensland, improving school facilities and supporting more than 720 jobs.
Several state schools in the Caboolture and Morayfield area will benefit from this funding, supporting local trade jobs during the economic recovery from COVID-19.
State Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan said he was pleased to see new funding going towards schools in the region.
“This funding is fantastic news, not only for these school communities but also for local tradies who can tender for the projects,” he said.
“These projects are going to make a huge difference to our schools, providing much-needed refurbishments to create modern learning spaces for students.”
“I’m particularly excited to see more than $400,000 going to Caboolture State School for classroom and playground upgrades.
“There will also be money for much-needed facelifts to classrooms at Tullawong State School and Morayfield State School.”
Education Minister Grace Grace said the program would be a big job generator at a time when we need it the most.
“Queensland’s economic recovery from coronavirus begins with job creation and these works will help support jobs for local tradies.
“We always encourage our schools to engage local tradespeople to complete maintenance works and smaller jobs in schools.
“Interested tradies and contractors should contact the Business manager in schools located in their local area.
“Contractors and tradies who want to be notified of opportunities for any future tender processes for larger projects can register on the Queensland Government QTenders website, if they have not already done so,” she said.
The funding boost is on top of the more than $25 million being invested in schools in the area, including $6 million for a hall at Morayfield State High School and $19.7 million to deliver additional classrooms and a hall at Lee Street State Special School.
Ms Grace said the programs across Queensland state schools were playing their role in stimulating the economy.
“We’re also supporting a consistent pipeline of work through the rollout of our Cooler Cleaner Schools Program.
“In total, our $477 million Cooler Cleaner Schools Program will support more than 1,500 jobs between now and June 2022 when its due to be completed.
“Over 650 schools across Queensland will benefit from air conditioning installations, making some 10,000 classrooms cooler and more comfortable.
“The program will also provide an additional $71 million over 3 years to create a virtual solar farm on school rooftops that will be used to power these additional air conditioners across the state,” she said.