New School for Southeast Queensland Growth Hotspot
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A NEW school has been promised for a southeast Queensland growth hotspot, but it’s exact location is yet to be decided.
The secondary school will be built in the North Lakes/Mango Hill area to take pressure off existing schools nearing capacity by 2020.
Education Minister Kate Jones made the announcement at Mango Hill State School on Monday.
Ms Jones said once the site was finalised, Education Queensland would look at the catchment area.
She said students in Griffin may need to be considered to take future pressure off Murrumba State Secondary College.
The new school will cost about $36 million to build.
Ms Jones said the commitment was a win for one of the state’s fastest growing regions and proof of the Government’s dedication to delivering more education infrastructure across Queensland.
“We have listened to the concerns of locals about the demand for education resources in North Lakes and Mango Hill,” she said.
“This will help to ensure we can achieve our goal of giving the best possible quality of education to every child in Queensland.”
With 3008 students, North Lakes State College is currently at 76 per cent of its capacity.
But Ms Jones said growth projections for North Lakes and Mango Hill meant the Government’s plans for a new school in 2020 was a win for the community.
“This is a huge investment for the Government and is totally separate to our $118 million investment to build three schools in southeast Queensland.”
State Labor MP for Murrumba Chris Whiting said he had long advocated for a new school in the area and was happy the Government had listened to residents and committed to deliver for the people of North Lakes and Mango Hill.
“The junior and middle campus at North Lakes State College is forecast to reach its capacity by 2021,” Mr Whiting said.
“This will make sure we have the teaching resources we need to give our children the best education possible into the future.”