Months after announcing the closure of half a dozen public schools, the Queensland government has chosen a developer to build 10 new schools.
Construction of the eight primary schools and secondary schools in the southeast of the state will begin next year under a private-public partnership, Treasurer Tim Nicholls says.
He says the project will improve education and deliver value for money for Queensland taxpayers.
“The five-year construction phase, due to begin early next year, will boost economic activity, generating around 1700 jobs a year and providing a much-needed boost to one of Queensland’s economic pillars,” Mr Nicholls said in a statement.
The Queensland government announced in September it would close six public schools in 2014 because of viability issues.
On Tuesday, it announced developer Plenary would design and build the new schools and provide maintenance.
They will operate as independent public schools until 2043, catering for about 10,000 students.
Two schools will be built in Caboolture, and others will be built in Pimpama, Burpengary, Pallara, Ripley Valley, Springfield, Griffin, Bellbird Park and Redbank Plains.