MAK­ING THE GRADE

BUD­GET WIN Two new state schools for North­ern Beaches

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - AN­THONY GAL­LOWAY

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.

Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

SCHOOL ZONE: Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Kate Jones’s tour of the North has de­liv­ered good news for Townsville.

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