The Queensland Government is turning its attention to its education infrastructure over the holidays, with 70 schools set to benefit from the latest phase of the ‘Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs’ scheme.
It is the most recent effort by the state government to boost its economy by an estimated $192 million and also create upto 570 jobs for tradies.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that Queenslanders’ positive response to the coronavirus restrictions meant it was now possible to focus more on kickstarting the state’s economy.
“We’re continuing to manage the health response well and that means we can start delivering Queensland’s plan for recovery,” the Premier said.
“Our plan, Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs includes a $50 billion infrastructure guarantee. That means we can ensure there is a pipeline of work to support jobs.”
Whilst students across Queensland are out of schools, tradies will be packing their tools and getting to work on improvements and developments.
“Today we’re seeing a $12 million sports hall being built which is supporting 36 jobs for this project alone,” the Premier said.
Education Minister Grace Grace said that it was important to keep delivering world-class facilities for students to learn in, but also to provide thousands of local jobs, especially for those that have been out of work.
Since the start of the year, more than 130 different school construction projects have been completed in Queensland.
“This has ensured a pipeline of work has continued to flow throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ms Grace said.
“On top of that we are building five new schools to be ready for the start of the 2021 school year worth $430 million,” she said.