Fraser Coast tradies heading back to school

LOCAL tradies are heading back to school for almost $7-million worth of new contracts over just two months.

Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari discusses the school infrastructure projects with Hervey Bay State High School’s Julie Learoyd and Rob Burke. PHOTO: Supplied.

The projects will see local tradies take up tools on $6.86-million worth of school projects, supporting around 20 jobs.

Education Minister Grace Grace said the contracts warded in March and April were part of the Queensland Government’s multi-million Dollar Budget action plan for the region.

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Contracts include:

  • A new $5.94 million two-storey classroom block at Hervey Bay State High School
  • $550,000 to upgrade the administration block at Kawungan State School
  • $374,000 to refurbish an existing teaching block at Pialba State School. 

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Ms Grace said Government was committed to creating jobs as part of Queensland’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

“These projects are building on our record investment in building new schools, expanding existing schools in high growth areas and supporting local economies,” she said.

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Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari welcomed the investment in the region’s schools and local jobs.

“The Wide Bay Regional Action Plan includes $64.6-million to maintain, improve and upgrade schools – including three significant projects in my electorate of Hervey Bay,” he said.

“These come on top of the recently completed $11-million Performing Arts Centre at Hervey Bay State High.”

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Mr Tanrari said school infrastructure was a central element of the Government’s economic plan for recovery.

“These new projects are just a fraction of the projects underway as part of our $1.9-billion education statewide infrastructure spend in the current budget, supporting 4,800 jobs.”

For more information on the State’s investment in school infrastructure, click here.

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