Gladstone’s State of Grace: Education Minister opens refurbished local schools

Toolooa SHS vice-captain Merin Ward, Principal Justin Harrison, School captain Amy Crook, Minister for Education Grace Grace, Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher and Toolooa vice-captain Henry Kean at the opening of the refurbished hall

Education Minister Grace Grace joined Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher in a tour of local schools today to open new and refurbished facilities valued at $15 million.

Mr Butcher and Ms Grace officially opened the $1.7 million refurbishment of Toolooa State High School’s shelter hall and outdoor learning area as well as visiting the proposed site of Toolooa State High’s ‘2020 Ready’ Secondary Learning Centre, budgeted at $4.25 million and planned for construction during 2019. .

“Now all students at the school can gather in the one location for assemblies and events, including award presentations and social functions,” he said.

Mayor Matt Burnett, a former pupil of the school said the hall complete with a new floor, weatherproofing, pull-down screens, storage areas and jumbo-fans –  would be a far more comfortable place to spend form and assembly now than when he was a student.

Also calling in at Boyne Island State School, Rosella Park School and Calliope State School for what she called ‘a school infrastructure blitz’ Minister Grace said she was very pleased to be making the announcements.

“Together we’re opening new classrooms, outdoor learning areas, administration facilities, refurbished halls and learning areas, which supported 435 jobs during construction,” she said.

In the 2018-19 State Budget, $923 million was allocated in state school infrastructure around Queensland including $60 million for a high school in Calliope.

The hall at Boyne Island State School got a $1.5 million extension and upgrade, delivering a new foyer, a stage and auditorium area, a music classroom, instrument storeroom, a change room, a storage room, and a shaded outdoor decking area.

Rosella Park State School have a new $4.7 million administration block which includes offices, amenities, a new car park and welcoming new entrance:

“I understand this project has contributed greatly to school pride and has been very much welcomed by the school community,” the Minister said.

Mr Butcher said the Palaszczuk Government’s investment in state school infrastructure had been a win for the local community.

“I know the new $7.1 million two-storey block at Calliope State School has been a particularly significant facility for the school” Mr Butcher said.

“The first floor also includes a new science technology room which will be a great boost for the school’s vibrant robotics program that echoes our Government’s focus on encouraging the take-up of STEM subjects and coding.”