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Queensland school construction blitz begins

Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace has turned the first sod on a $64 million high school construction project, located in Coomera.

It is part of a $240 million infrastructure blitz at 16 schools across the Gold Coast to build new facilities such as learning centres and halls and support 600 full-time jobs.

Construction of the high school at Coomera will support 168 full time jobs, with FK Gardner & Sons awarded the contract.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to delivering new classrooms and new schools where they are needed most in Queensland, including the booming Gold Coast region,” Grace said.

“We need to provide the infrastructure in schools to keep pace with the rapidly growing population on the Gold Coast and that is exactly what this Government is doing.

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“The first year 7 students will walk through the gates of this brand-new school on day one of the 2020 school year, with stage one to include junior classrooms, a covered lunch area, sports centre and an oval,” she said.

Grace also officially opened a performing arts centre at Pimpama State Secondary College, which is one of three new buildings delivered as part of the Queensland Government’s 2020 Ready Program.

“The performing arts centre and two learning centres equal a $25 million investment at Pimpama, supporting 66 full-time jobs during construction,” Grace said.

“Pimpama State Secondary College’s enrolment numbers have skyrocketed since the school opened in 2013, growing from 295 to 1750 students in 2019, so these buildings are a welcome addition to the school.”

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