The Queensland Government continues to invest in high-quality state school facilities and since February 2015 has opened seven new schools from Cairns to Caboolture, to ensure all students have access to a world-class education.
This includes delivering the first new special school in many decades in Cairns and the opening this year of three new schools – Bellbird Park Secondary College, Pumicestone State School and Fernbrooke State School.
A new secondary school is also proposed for Calliope in 2020 and primary schools are being built this year for Burdell (Townsville), Caloundra South, Coomera and Yarrabilba (South Logan).
Plans for new state secondary schools in other areas include Mount Low (Townsville), North Lakes/Mango Hill (north of Brisbane) and Yarrabilba. The final Public Private Partnership school will be built in Springfield for 2019.
In addition, the Queensland Government is investing $500 million in a five-year Building Future Schools Fund to support growing communities.
This Fund will see the biggest ever investment in building new schools within five kilometres of the Brisbane CBD.
Brisbane's changing lifestyles have resulted in more and more families deciding to embrace inner-city living.
Over the last 10 years around 5,000 additional students have moved into existing inner-city schools and more than 3,000 additional students are expected over the next five years.
The Building Future Schools Fund will focus on master planning for the future, building new schools, investing in existing school assets and making important land acquisitions.
Building on our existing strong partnerships with tertiary institutions we will establish two new 'state of the art' inner-city secondary colleges on the north and south side to relieve school enrolment pressures in these areas.
Boasting exciting contemporary, flexible learning environments and the opportunity to work with academics and researchers, the Inner City North and Inner City South State Secondary Colleges will provide innovative pathways and outstanding career opportunities for young Queenslanders.
As part of the initiative we will also expand the existing West End State School and undertake long-term master planning for all state schools within five kilometres of the CBD to ensure they have a blueprint for the future.
View the Building Future Schools Fund brochure (PDF, 871KB)
Where to from here
Planning and community consultations
Over the next twelve months, detailed community consultations will take place with our partners, school communities and stakeholders to explore how we can best achieve the goals contained in the Building Future Schools Fund initiative.