Plans for North Lakes-Mango Hill’s New State Secondary School Seen to Ease Facilities vs Enrolment Gap

Plans for the new state secondary school in the North Lakes-Mango Hill area for North Brisbane are already underway.

Ms. Palaszczuk with students
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The population of the North Lakes area, which includes Mango Hill, Kallangur, Dakabin, Murrumba Downs, and Griffin, is expected to grow by about 13,000 by the year 2021. Also, the population is predicted to grow from the present 70,000 to 103,000 by 2036.

With the predicted statistics, North Lakes-Mango Hill is the preferred location to build the new school in the whole North Brisbane area.

The new state high school construction will ease the number of enrolments at the North Lakes State College. Because of the enrolment growth year after year, the school may not be able to keep up with the estimated number of population growth in the next few years. North Lakes State College has a maximum student enrolment capacity of 3,320 students. The number of students entering Prep should not exceed 200 in every 8 classrooms.


Building Future Schools

The Queensland Government has dedicated $28 million (2017-2018) for the Building Future Schools Fund, out of the $500 million total proposed budget for the five-year project.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that the Building Future Schools Fund will be used to build new schools to cater more students, provide 1,500 jobs over the five-year scheme, and secure the fastest growing regions in Queensland.

“We want every child to benefit from a quality education no matter where they live. That’s why we are investing $500 million over five years to help deliver world class education facilities where they are needed most … We will always build new schools and new classrooms to cater for enrolments in our growing state,” Ms. Palaszczuk said.

More Schools to Open

An artist’s impression of Fortitude Valley’s new school
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Two new high schools will be built in inner-Brisbane this year. The Fortitude Valley State School, in partnership with Queensland University of Technology, will become a high-rise secondary school. Another high school will be built in the catchment of Brisbane State High School, in conjunction with University of Queensland. These two new schools will each cater up to 1,500 students.

The $500 million Building Future Schools Fund will also be used for land acquisitions in Mount Low in Townsville, Calliope near Gladstone, and Yarrabilba in South Logan. Like the plan in North Lakes-Mango Hills, the plans in these areas are also underway.

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“We will continue to build new schools in growth areas … We need to continue to act to meet the increasing demands for student enrolments and plan ahead for next generation learning needs,” Education Minister Kate Jones said.

The secondary schools construction will continue in Brisbane and the final Public Private Partnership School will be built in Springfield by 2019. Ms. Jones said that the Department of Education will work on communicating with the school communities to come up with the best solutions for each school.