The Queensland government has brought forward $200 million in funding for school infrastructure projects across the state.
The funding will pay for 98 projects, with new and upgraded school halls a priority, as well as $45 million for new schools sites in inner Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Townsville.
In making the announcement on Wednesday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk described the funding boost as a “taste” of what the June budget will be about.
“This is purely and simply about getting people into work,” the premier said.
“We have brought this money forward from the budget because it is too important to wait until then.”
Education Minister Kate Jones said the money would start to roll out as soon as possible.
“We are working to get tenders out by next month and to be awarding contracts in May,” Ms Jones said.
But the opposition called the funding allocation “desperate,” with shadow Education Minister Tracy Davis saying it showed the government doesn’t have a long-term plan for education in Queensland
“Today’s announcement is nothing more than desperation from a government that has done nothing for school infrastructure for more than two years,” Ms Davis said in a statement.
“To date, their only answer has been to install more demountables.”