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$12m for great schools in the Redlands

October 11, 2020

New school infrastructure including a multi-purpose hall and amenities upgrades will be part of a $12 million investment in new, modern school facilities across the Redlands under a re-elected Palaszczuk Government.

The funding is included in a $1 billion Great Schools, Great Future education policy to modernise schools and support more than 3,100 local construction jobs across Queensland.

Springwood MP Mick de Brenni said a re-elected Palaszczuk Government would continue to deliver on the next stages of the Mount Cotton State School Master Plan by investing more than a further $1.5 million for local families.

“The school community at Mt Cotton State School will welcome this funding that delivers a full-size oval that enables more school sport and unlocks the potential for junior athletes to emerge,” he said.

“Development and now implementation of the master plan has been a team effort and this initiative means there will be more than adequate play space, even after later stages of the plan are delivered.

“This development will be supported with refurbishments to the amenities block because local kids deserve the best,” he said.

Education Minister Grace Grace said the funding boost was great news for the construction industry and the Queenslanders it employs.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s plan for economic recovery from COVID-19 begins with job creation.

“We always encourage our schools to engage local tradespeople to complete maintenance works and smaller jobs in schools.

“By investing in new and upgraded school infrastructure we are providing world-class education facilities for Queensland students.

“Since 2015 the Palaszczuk Government has invested a record $5.2 billion in school infrastructure.”

Ms Grace said the programs across Queensland state schools were playing their role in stimulating the economy.

“These programs ensure there is a pipeline of work to support local jobs,” she said.

Mount Cotton State School P&C president Jess Zutt welcomed the upgrades that the P&C had been campaigning for.

“As a school community we’ve been working closely with Mick de Brenni to design the Mount Cotton State School Master Plan,” she said.

“Works are already underway on new Prep and Admin buildings and the commitment of an Oval and amenities block will mean our kids will be able to get active, and meets the needs of our community for years to come.”