Queensland Minister for Education Kate Jones
Construction Starts On Caloundra’s New State School
Victor P Taffa
Education Minister Kate Jones today turned the first sod to mark the start of construction of a new state school in Caloundra South.
Ms. Jones said FKG Group had been contracted to build the new school in a brand new suburb, Aura.
“We are investing close to $34 Million to develop this school which will help cater for population growth in this part of the Sunshine Coast.” Ms. Jones said.
“This project will also help grow the local building industry and is expected to support more than 150 jobs during construction.”
“Construction will also create opportunities for local contractors and suppliers.” Ms. Jones said.
Ms. Jones said the new school would be one of three new state primary schools the Palaszczuk Government was delivering over the next two years.
“The school in Caloundra South, along with a new school at Coomera on the Gold Coast will open from the start of the 2018 school year, while a new school at Yarrabilba will accept its first students in 2019.” Ms. Jones said.
“We will invest more than $118 Million to deliver the three schools in these fast-growing areas.”
“These new schools demonstrate our commitment to provide high quality educational facilities for Queensland children where they are needed most.”
Ms. Jones said FKG Group would build the three new schools and would also be responsible for maintenance work at the schools for 10 years after opening.
“The State Government engaged in a rigorous and transparent tender process to select FKG Group to deliver the three schools under a single contract.” Ms. Jones said.
“Bundling the projects together like this has enabled us to achieve value for money savings across the three schools.”
“Primary school at Caloundra South is being built in the new suburb of Aura, which will be one of the country’s largest master-planned communities.” Ms. Jones said.
Developers, Stockland, plan a 20,000 lot subdivision which will become home to an expected population of 50,000 residents.
Stockland’s Queensland General Manager Kingsley Andrew said this was a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a leading education facility that would nurture young minds and develop the talents and skills of the coast’s children.
“We thank the Queensland Government and the Sunshine Coast Council for their collaborative approach to this project, which will make a very positive and substantial contribution to the Aura community and the coast.” Mr. Andrew said.
Ms. Jones said the Caloundra South School would feature shared sporting facilities with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council to maximise community engagement.
“The school will have capacity to cater for up to 470 students when it opens, with enrolments expected to peak at 1,100 as the school grows with the community.” Ms. Jones said.
“The school at Coomera will cater for up to 400 students on day one and peak at 1,100 students within 5 to 8 years of opening.”
“New suburb of Yarrabilba in Logan City is expected to evolve into a self-contained township with a population of up to 50,000 people.”
“Yarrabilba School will have the capacity to cater for up to 545 students when it opens and is expected to grow to approximately 1,250 students over the next decade.”
Construction of each school will be phased over 2 stages and span a total of 4 years.