Forest Lake State High School Expansion Gets Funding Boost

Photo Credit: The State of Queensland (Department of Education) / forestlakeshs.eq.edu.au

The ongoing expansion of Forest Lake State High School gets a funding boost from the State Government under its 2019-20 Budget.

For 2019-20, Forest Lake State High School gets $1,947,000 fund allocation out of the total $7.9 million spend for the ongoing construction of a new performing arts centre and six general learning spaces. The project is part of the Department of Education’s  2020 Ready Program and will cater for six full cohorts by the year 2020.

Forest Lake State High School PAC’s earlier stage of construction
Photo Credit: The State of Queensland (Department of Education) / forestlakeshs.eq.edu.au

The two-level performing arts centre will include lift access on the lower ground level; a performance stage, dance studio, two drama learning areas, change rooms, six unisex toilets, two PWD toilets, staff room, Box office, and kitchennette on the ground level; and two general learning areas, recording room, green room, editing annex, and spot light gallery on level one.

Forest Lake State High School PAC’s earlier stage of construction
Photo Credit: Forest Lake State High School / Facebook

The State Government will invest a record $1.464 billion for new schools and upgrading, maintaining, and expanding of existing state schools across Queensland.

Identified existing state schools under the Renewing Our Schools Program will get an additional $235 million over four years to 2021–22 to improve and upgrade facilities. 

Increased funding of $251.3 million over three years from 2018–19 will also be provided for the provision of additional facilities at existing state schools to meet increasing demand.

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In Ipswich, the State Government will invest $107.3 Million in 2019-20 to maintain, improve, and upgrade existing schools and $94.1 million for the first stage of two new schools:

  • Lowood State High School –  $550,000 out of a $3.6 million total budget that will be spent to extend the manual arts and install a relocatable building with two learning areas
  • Ipswich State High School – $2 million out of the $6.7 million total spend to construct a new building with 12 general learning spaces
  • Laidley State High School – $3.6 million out of the $8.1 million total spend to construct a new building and expand existing buildings, adding three new learning areas and eight new specialist spaces
  • Springfield Central State High School – $5.2 million out of the $17.8 million total  spend to construct additional classrooms and a new multipurpose hall
  • Fernbrooke State School – $7 million out of the $10.2 million total spend to construct a new building with 12 general learning spaces plus a covered area.
  • Goodna Special School – $2.6 million out of the $10.5 million total spend to construct a new building with eight general learning space and a hospitality kitchen.
  • New primary and secondary schools in Ripley with a budget of $60.6 million in 2019-20 out of a $94.1 million total spend to construct stage 1 of two new schools.