Con­struc­tion starts at new school

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS: QLD/NT - CAMERON DRUM­MOND

CON­STRUC­TION has be­gun to build a new state school in Caloun­dra South on the QLD Sun­shine Coast, as part of a $118 mil­lion, three school devel­op­ment pro­gram to be de­liv­ered over the next two years.

On 20 Jan­uary QLD Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Kate Jones turned first sod to mark the start of con­struc­tion of the new state school in Caloun­dra South.

“The school in Caloun­dra South, along with a new school at Coomera on the Gold Coast will open from the start of the 2018 school year, while a new school at Yarra­bilba will ac­cept its first stu­dents in 2019,” Ms Jones said.

East coast con­struc­tion com­pany FKG Group was tapped for the pri­mary school de­vel­op­ments and would also be re­spon­si­ble for main­te­nance work at the schools for 10 years af­ter open­ing.

“Th­ese new schools demon­strate our com­mit­ment to pro­vide high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties for Queens­land chil­dren where they are needed most.”

“The State Gov­ern­ment en­gaged in a rig­or­ous and trans­par­ent ten­der process to se­lect FKG Group to de­liver the three schools un­der a sin­gle con­tract.

“Bundling the projects to­gether like this has en­abled us to achieve value for money sav­ings across the three schools.

“The pri­mary school at Caloun­dra South is be­ing built in the new sub­urb of Aura, which will be one of the coun­try’s largest mas­ter-planned com­mu­ni­ties.”

The de­vel­op­ers, Stock­land, plan a 20,000 lot sub­di­vi­sion which will be­come home to an ex­pected pop­u­la­tion of 50,000 res­i­dents.

Stock­land QLD gen­eral man­ager Kings­ley An­drew said this was a once-in-a-gen­er­a­tion op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a lead­ing ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity that would nur­ture young minds and de­velop the tal­ents and skills of the coast’s chil­dren.

“We thank the QLD gov­ern­ment and the Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil for their col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach to this project, which will make a very pos­i­tive and sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to the Aura com­mu­nity and the coast,” Mr An­drew said.

Ms Jones said the Caloun­dra South school would fea­ture shared sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties with the Sun­shine Coast Re­gional Coun­cil to max­imise com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

“The school will have ca­pac­ity to cater for up to 470 stu­dents when it opens, with en­rol­ments ex­pected to peak at 1100 as the school grows with the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“The school at Coomera will cater for up to 400 stu­dents on day one and peak at 1100 stu­dents within five to eight years of open­ing.

“The new sub­urb of Yarra­bilba in Lo­gan City is ex­pected to evolve into a self-con­tained town­ship with a pop­u­la­tion of up to 50,000 peo­ple.

“The Yarra­bilba school will have the ca­pac­ity to cater for up to 545 stu­dents when it opens and is ex­pected to grow to ap­prox­i­mately 1250 stu­dents over the next decade.”

The con­struc­tion of each school will be phased over two stages and span a to­tal of four years.

First sod turn­ing for the con­struc­tion of Caloun­dra South’s new state school. Im­age: Stock­land.

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