Schools stand to gain $10m

The Weekend Post - - News - DANAELLA WIVELL danaella.wivell@news.com.au

SMITH­FIELD State High School and Trin­ity Beach State School will be granted $10 mil­lion be­tween them for an up­grade if the Palaszczuk govern­ment is re-elected.

The schools, which make up the Trop­i­cal North Learn­ing Academy, is ex­pected to spend the money on halls, a STEM lab and up­grad­ing play- grounds. Treasurer Cur­tis Pitt said these were just some of the 17 schools slated for a re­newal pro­gram for schools more than 30 years old.

“We’ve lis­tened to Queens­lan­ders and iden­ti­fied the schools in the state that most need a re­vamp and Smith­field, Trin­ity Beach and Cairns State High School are part of them,” Mr Pitt said.

Member for Bar­ron River Craig Crawford said the Trop- ical North Learn­ing Academy, Smith­field State High School and Trin­ity Beach State School com­mu­ni­ties would have a say in the schools’ up­grades.

“We want school com­mu­ni­ties to have a say in the re­newal for their school and de­ter­mine the new build­ings they need to de­liver a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

The Palaszczuk govern­ment is plan­ning to spend $235 mil­lion across Queens­land.

Pic­ture: BREN­DAN RADKE

BIG BOOST: La­bor can­di­date for Cairns Michael Healy, Smith­field State High School prin­ci­pal Barry Court­ney, Treasurer Cur­tis Pitt and the Member for Bar­ron River Craig Crawford – Smith­field and Trin­ity Beach State School are in line for $10m fund­ing be­tween them.

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