The Queensland Government has called on eligible North Queensland companies to tender for the construction of a new multi-purpose hall at Kirwan State High School.
Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said the works were another example of the Palaszczuk Government delivering on its commitments to education and regional jobs.
“Probably the only thing better than seeing construction sites here in Townsville busy with workers on the job, is seeing it happen in important infrastructure like schools,” Mr Harper said.
“We’re building a new multi-purpose hall at Kirwan State High School, complete with two multi-purpose sports courts, and a stage.
“So not only will the students have some fantastic new facilities for arts and sports, this means work for local tradies including carpenters, electricians and painters.
“I want to make sure that local contractors have every opportunity to put up their hand up for this tender – I know it’s been tough to find employment in Townsville since the mining downturn and Queensland Nickel’s collapse, and every little bit helps.
“I’m proud to have secured the funding to build this hall, and I’m looking forward to seeing it built.”
Education Minister Kate Jones said more than 80 school communities will benefit from the Advancing Queensland Schools program.
“Priority projects were identified in consultation with schools, and the Queensland 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, phone 3008 3392 or visit www.qld.gov.au/gov/building-services