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Consortium to build, manage 10 independent public schools


THE Queensland Government is about to embark on one of the largest school building projects in the state's history after announcing a private consortium will help build 10 new schools across south-east Queensland.

Plenary Group Edvantage have been tasked with building two new schools in Caboolture as well as schools in Pimpama, Burpengary, Pallara, Ripley Valley, Springfield, Griffin, Bellbird Park and Redbank Plains.

Under the public-private partnership, Plenary Group will design, construct, commission, finance, maintain and provide facilities management services for the schools, which will operate as Independent Public Schools until 2043.

Acting Education, Training and Employment Minister Ian Walker said on today  the 10 new schools would consist of two secondary and eight primary schools, catering for about 10,000 students during peak periods of enrolment.

"As well as servicing our rapidly growing student population, the schools will employ over 500 teachers and 130 non-teaching positions, with the first schools expected to be open for the commencement of the 2015 academic year," he said.

Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls said  the innovative public-private partnership was part of the government's commitment to delivering better infrastructure and planning for Queensland families.

"The five-year construction phase, due to begin early next year, will boost economic activity generating around 1700 jobs a year," he said.

Earlier this year Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek revealed Fortitude Valley, Old Yarranlea, Toowoomba South, Stuart, and Charlton State Schools and Nyanda State High School would close their doors for good.

All six schools bid farewell to their final groups of students last week.


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