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Powell Media Release – Newman Government delivers new school for Caboolture (23 May 2013)

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell has proudly announced a new Primary state school will be built in Caboolture to meet growing student demand in the electorate of Glass House.

The corner of Pumicestone and Cottrill Roads, Caboolture has been identified as the site for the new Primary state school.

Mr Powell said the Schools Planning Commission, established by the Newman Government, recognised the local area’s growing student population.

“I have been working hard for our Glass House school communities and welcome the news we are one of 10 south east Queensland regions to receive a new state school,” Mr Powell said.

“The 10 new schools consist of two secondary and eight primary schools, catering for up to 10,800 students during peak periods of enrolment and will be built through a public-private partnership.

“It is fantastic that student numbers continue to rise as does the prospect of more development in our region through major government and private investment.

“I am going to keep working hard to make sure our local schools and students receive the greatest opportunities”.

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said one of the Newman Government’s highest priorities was responding to community needs.

“The Schools Planning Commission identified other hot spots in Pimpama, Burpengary, Pallara, Ripley Valley, Springfield, Griffin, Bellbird Park and Redbank Plains,” Mr Langbroek said.

“The schools will employ up to 540 teachers and 130 non-teaching positions, with the first schools expected to be open in 2016.”

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the project was an innovative public-private partnership that would see private companies contracted to finance, design, construct and maintain the package of schools.

“It will not only deliver value for money for Queensland taxpayers, but it will also improve educational outcomes by letting principals and teachers concentrate on education while maintenance and upkeep of the facilities is taken care of,” Mr Nicholls said.

“Construction of 10 schools will generate around 1,700 jobs a year, mostly in the construction sector, providing a much-needed boost to one of Queensland’s economic pillars.”

The short-listed bidders to build the schools are:

  • Inspire Schools Partnership (Leighton Contractors Infrastructure Partners Fund, Uberior Infrastructure Investments (No.4) Limited, Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd.)
  • Edvantage (Plenary Group Pty Ltd, Palisade Investment Partners Limited, Watpac Construction Pty Ltd, Delta FM Australia Pty Ltd.)
  • Exemplar Education (Lend Lease Infrastructure Investments Pty Ltd, JANA Investment Advisors Pty Ltd, Baulderstone Queensland Pty Ltd, Spotless Facility Services Pty Ltd)
  • Bright Futures Partnership (Bilfinger Project Investment International Holding GmbH, J Hutchinson Pty Ltd, Transfield Services (Australia) Pty Ltd)

Further information is available at the Projects Queensland website by following the Queensland Schools Project link. 

[ENDS] 23 May

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