7 May, 2021
Mackay tradies take up tools on $1.5 million worth of school projects
LOCAL tradies will be busy with nearly $1.5 million worth of new contracts over just two months on Mackay schools.
Education Minister Grace Grace said the contracts awarded in March and April were part of the Palaszczuk Government’s multi-million-dollar Budget action plan for the Mackay-Whitsunday region.
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert welcomed the local investment in the region’s schools and local jobs.
“The Mackay-Whitsunday Regional Action Plan includes $43.2 million to maintain, improve and upgrade schools,” she said.
“This includes new classrooms at Cannonvale State School, an aquaculture training centre at Cannonvale High, and industry-standard upgraded training facilities at Mackay Northern Beaches State High.
“Schools infrastructure is a central element of the Palaszczuk 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 4800 jobs.”
New Mackay-Whitsunday contracts awarded in March and April include:
- almost a million dollars to replace the hall roof at Mackay North State High School.
- $550,000 to extend and refurbish Bucasia State School’s tuckshop.
Ms Grace said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to creating jobs as part of Queensland’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan.
“The education portfolio is more than pulling its weight in this space with the delivery of a $1.9 billion statewide infrastructure investment portfolio in 2020-21, supporting an estimated 4758 full-time jobs,” she said.
“We are focused on getting people back to work as we unite and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These projects are building on our record investment in building new schools, expanding existing schools in high growth areas and supporting local economies.”