More than $26 million education boon for state schools in Barron River electorate

The Palaszczuk Government’s 2019 Budget includes more than $26 million in 2019-20 for new and enhanced facilities at state schools across Barron River, the Member for Barron River Craig Crawford announced today.

Mr Crawford made the announcement at Redlynch State College, which will receive $2.1 million to start planning and constructing a new classroom block, which will have a total cost of $8.4 million.

“The new block will go a long way to catering for a significant increase in enrolments and will give the school two new general classrooms plus five specialist classrooms.

“This is a terrific win for the school, as it was at the top of the wish list for staff, parents and students.”

As part of the Barron River boon, more than $12.5 million will be invested in Smithfield State High School for three infrastructure projects in the next financial year.

“This budget includes an allocation of $10.7 million in 19-20 for a new multi-purpose sports centre, which will be a very welcome addition to this great school,” Mr Crawford said.

“There’s also $1.7 million for extra classrooms to cater for continued growth in enrolments, with a total cost of $7 million for this project, and the roof of Block P will also be replaced at a cost of $80,000.”

Mr Crawford said the budget also included $10.9 million towards the cost of a new multi-storey learning centre and new special education building at Trinity Beach State School.

“This project will ensure Trinity Beach students continue to learn in world-class facilities now and into the future,” he said.

Kuranda District State College will also receive $100,000 to complete the renovation of its home economics block. The budget also includes around $650,000 for school maintenance and $183,000 for minor works at state schools in the Barron River electorate.

Education Minister Grace Grace said the Palaszczuk Government was delivering the education infrastructure that the Barron River electorate needed.

“This coming year the Palaszczuk Government will spend more than $1.464 billion on new and enhanced schools right across Queensland,” Ms Grace said.

“We are determined to ensure that all Queensland kids get a great start to life by receiving a world-class education, and part of that is about ensuring we have world-class facilities at our state schools.”

Ms Grace said the Palaszczuk Government’s massive investment in education infrastructure had the added benefit of creating and supporting jobs in the state’s construction industry.

“Our infrastructure program is expected to support an estimated 76 jobs in the Barron River electorate and supporting an estimated 4245 jobs state-wide.”

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