MAKING THE GRADE
BUDGET WIN Two new state schools for Northern Beaches
TOWNSVILLE’S northern corridor will undergo a $ 90 million education revolution, with two public schools to be built in the area.
Today’s State Budget will include $ 90 million over four years to build a new primary school within the North Shore Estate at Burdell and begin planning works for a secondary school in the area.
It comes after the Catholic Diocese of Townsville last month announced plans for a new primary school in Shaw as part of the Greater Ascot development.
The Budget will also include $ 804.6 million for the Townsville Hospital and Health Service and $ 40 million for the fourth section of the Townsville Ring Road.
Education Minister Kate Jones said $ 10 million would be allocated to acquire land and start planning the new primary school.
“Townsville is a growing city and suburbs, particularly in the city’s northwest, are facing significant short- term population growth,” Ms Jones said.
“A new Prep to Year 6 primary school will be needed within the next few years to keep up with this growth and meet the infrastructure needs of the community.
“A 6.55ha site within the North Shore Estate has been identified as an appropriate location for a new primary school. Preliminary planning work will also commence for a future secondary school.”
It is expected the primary school will be completed within the next four years.
Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said the funding for new schools recognised Townsville was a growing city with an exciting future.
“As we continue to focus on jobs and boosting the economy in the region, more and more people will start taking up the lifestyle and employment opportunities Townsville has to offer,” Mrs O’Rourke said.
“The Palaszczuk Government’s funding commitment for a new primary school and preliminary planning for a secondary school shows we are ready for predicted growth in Townsville now and into the future.”
Townsville MP Scott Stewart, who has been lobbying his government for the schools, said the northern corridor was the city’s fastest- growing area.
“The Palaszczuk Government is working to ensure every child has access to the kind of facilities they deserve to make the most of their education,” Mr Stewart said.
Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper welcomed the $ 90 million to deliver new schools for Townsville’s northwest.
“This is an investment in the future of Townsville’s young people,” Mr Harper said.
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