Works have begun on a new $66.6 million high school in Calliope, Queensland, to help the community keep pace with the growing local population.
The school will be built by construction firm Paynters Pty Ltd and will create 180 full time jobs over the course of the project.
The school will be built in stages, with 200 students in Years 7 and 8 to begin at the school in 2020.
There are 360 state secondary students living in Calliope and nearby areas who predominantly attend Gladstone or Toolooa State High Schools.
Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace said stage one of the project included an investment of $42.46 million, consisting of an admin building, resource centre and hall.
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“Stage Two ($16.5 million) will be ready for the start of the 2022 school year, catering for an additional 240 students,” Grace said.
“The school will grow by approximately 100 students per year to approximately 800 students over the longer term.”
Grace said the school is one of eight opening in Queensland in 2020.
“During 2019, the Queensland Government is investing $470 million to build new schools in some of our most rapidly expanding communities across the state,” Grace said.
“This includes an exciting state secondary college in Fortitude Valley, new secondary schools in Coomera, Mango Hill, Yarrabilba and Ripley Valley Providence, a new primary school in Ripley Valley Providence, and a new special school in Caboolture.
“These projects will drive Queensland communities by supporting almost 1400 jobs,” she said.