Construction of four new schools across Logan City, the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane’s inner west will soon kick off, the Queensland government has announced.
New primary schools will be built in North Maclean in Logan and Caloundra South on the Sunshine Coast and a new special school will be constructed in Coomera with plans to open in 2022.
A new primary school will also be built in Brisbane’s inner west, in a suburb yet to be determined.
Education minister Grace Grace said $65 million of funding had been pegged for the new primary school in Brisbane’s inner west, which would open by 2023.
“We can now begin an extensive community consultation process to find the best location that will benefit the local community,” Grace said of the announcement.
Two of the new primary schools are located within the Caloundra South and Greater Flagstone Priority Development Areas (PDAs), which are strong population growth areas in Queensland’s growth corridor.
The Caloundra South PDA covers 2310 hectares of land, at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast, and aims to establish 20,000 dwellings for a population of around 50,000 people.
The Greater Flagstone PDA was declared in 2010, and spans 7188 hectares with plans to provide 50,000 dwellings and house a population of 120,000 people.
“The new special school in Coomera will service the growing population in Coomera and Pimpama and provide special schooling relief to the existing Southport Special School on the Gold Coast and Beenleigh Special School in Logan,” Grace said.
The state says up to $346 million has been allocated to the Building Future Schools Fund, designed to build new schools and provide upgrades to existing schools.
The funding package includes around $80 million towards planning and land acquisition for more schools in 2023 and 2024, and up to $20 million to complete stage two of the Lee Street Special School in Caboolture.