Queensland Government Media Releases

North Queensland companies called to be part of $200 million school works

May 26, 2017

Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport
The Honourable Mick de Brenni

Friday, May 26, 2017

North Queensland companies called to be part of $200 million school works

The Palaszczuk Government has called on eligible North Queensland companies to tender for works to extend and upgrade the Bohlevale State School hall.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the project, one of 98 being delivered through the Palaszczuk Government’s $200 million Advancing Queensland Schools initiative, offered a significant opportunity for eligible local businesses registered for Queensland Government work.

“The extension of the Bohlevale State School Hall is another example of the Palaszczuk Government delivering on our commitment to education and regional jobs,” Mr Stewart said.

“Our schools are at the centre of our communities, and I’m sure that there are kids attending Bohlevale whose parents work in the building and construction industry.

“I’m keen to see this work go to local contractors wherever possible, so I’d encourage eligible North Queensland businesses to put their hand up.”

Mr Stewart said the extension of the school hall would include the construction of a new stage.

“The Palaszczuk Government made a commitment to improving education for every student in every school, and this projects will deliver on that commitment,” Mr Stewart said.

“Schools are about much more than buildings, but I know from firsthand experience just how much difference the right facilities can make to the teaching and learning environment.”

Education Minister Kate Jones said more than 80 school communities would benefit from the Advancing Queensland Schools program.

“Priority projects were identified in consultation with schools, and the Palaszczuk Government has brought forward more than $100 million to deliver 30 new and upgraded school halls,” Ms Jones said.

“Special education facilities in ten schools will also be upgraded, nine schools will have administration building upgrades and shade structures and covered outdoor learning areas are planned at 25 schools.”

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that along with improving school facilities, the projects would deliver jobs for the Townsville region.

“These jobs, big and small, form a pipeline of government led construction work for local contractors, many of whom are small family businesses,” Mr de Brenni said.

“We expect more than 500 jobs are likely to be supported across the State through the program, and we want to make sure local workers benefit wherever possible.

“I’d strongly encourage every eligible local business to get a tender in for these opportunities.”

To become qualified for Queensland Government building and construction work or identify open tenders, phone 3008 3392 or visit www.qld.gov.au/gov/building-services.