Infrastructure boost for school

MP Brittany Lauga at the Mount Archer State School presentations in 2021.

Rockhampton’s Mount Archer State School students will benefit from an extra $193,600 in infrastructure to build a covered walkway to enhance learning outcomes.

Member for Keppel and Assistant Education Minister Brittany Lauga said the project was part of a $3.5 million (GST inclusive) boost to schools across the state under the School Subsidy Scheme in 2021-22.

Ms Lauga said the work is part of new learning centres and infrastructure as the Palaszczuk Government moves to keep pace with the region’s growth.

She said the projects represented a huge investment in the Keppel region and included primary and high schools.

More than $15 million is to be spent on additional classrooms and infrastructure projects at Keppel schools.

“I’m proud the Palaszczuk Government delivered a record-spending education budget in Keppel, including three schools which reached state-of-the-art levels for students and staff thanks to nearly $20 million in State Government funding.”

She said this included Yeppoon State High School ($10.61 million), Parkhurst State School ($7.794 million) and the North Keppel Island Environmental Education Centre ($715,455).

The 2021-22 education budget also includes:

. More than 240 new teachers and more than 80 new teacher aides

. $14 million in 2021-22 towards a $100 million, three-year student wellbeing package to provide every Queensland state school student with access to a well-being professional and to pilot GPs in 20 secondary schools

. More than $23 million to deliver on the election commitment to build and upgrade training facilities at schools.

“Importantly, the projects built under these programmes will support local construction jobs,” she said.

School principal Jeff Jepson welcomed the new investment to build a covered walkway from a learning block to the school hall.

“This project will mean the students of Mount Archer can access the school hall in inclement weather.

“It will also provide much needed shade for students to move around the school,” Mr Jepson said.

All Queensland state schools (including state primary, high, middle, special education and distance education schools) or organisations within a state school’s community are eligible to seek funding to initiate projects of $50,000 and above under the School Subsidy Scheme.

Ms Lauga said this includes P&C associations and local sporting or community organisations.

“The School Subsidy Scheme is just part of our commitment to ensuring every child gets a great start by continuing to deliver world class education infrastructure where it is needed.”

“In 2021-22 we’re investing almost $1.9 billion statewide in school and early childhood infrastructure to maintain, renew and build new facilities – we’re creating jobs to drive our economic recovery post-Covid and longer term.”