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Largest State Investment in School Infrastructure in 20 years

26 May, 2016

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

By getting Tasmania’s Budget back on track, the Hodgman Liberal Government is now able to reinvest in essential areas like education infrastructure.

The 2016-17 Budget continues our investment in the future of Tasmania’s students with the largest state infrastructure investment in schools across the forward estimates in at least 20 years.

$110 million will be invested over four years to upgrade facilities at Austins Ferry, East Devonport, East Launceston, Hobart, Lenah Valley, Montagu Bay, Queechy, Riverside, Snug, Somerset, Sorell, St Marys, Tasman, Windermere, Glenorchy, Kings Meadows, Latrobe, Montrose Bay, Parklands, Prospect, Smithton, South Hobart, 11/12 extension schools, the Northern Support School and the School of Special Education North-West.

Targeted investment in education is one of the most crucial investments a Government can make and this school infrastructure package upgrades students’ learning environments while also growing the economy and jobs through planning and construction.

We are committed to developing projects that ensure schools across the state have high quality education facilities that support improved learning and greater student engagement.

The $110 million capital investment program over four years includes new infrastructure commitments for:

  • Austins Ferry Primary School: $5.5 million for additional general learning and support areas.
  • East Devonport Primary School: $1.75 million for contemporary learning areas.
  • East Launceston Primary School: $4.5 million for new kindergarten facilities, general learning areas and a multi-purpose facility.
  • Hobart College: $2.5 million to refurbish the Hobart College Theatrette.
  • Lenah Valley Primary School: $3 million for new general learning areas and to refurbish existing general learning areas.
  • Montagu Bay Primary School: $1.75 million for general learning and support areas and additional car parking.
  • Queechy High School: $3 million for contemporary learning areas.
  • Riverside Primary School: $2.5 million for new general learning areas, amenities and an improved support space.
  • Snug Primary School: $2.5 million for a new gymnasium and presentation hall.
  • Somerset Primary School: $1.75 million for a new general learning area.
  • Sorell School: $3.75 million for contemporary learning areas.
  • St Marys District School: $5 million for a major redevelopment, including contemporary general learning areas and music and performing arts facilities.
  • Tasman District School: $4 million for contemporary learning and support areas and redevelopment of amenities and the administration block.
  • Windermere Primary School: $5.5 million for additional general learning and support areas.

These 14 new infrastructure commitments add to the 13 existing projects over the forward estimates to form a significant ongoing capital investment package for Tasmania’s public schools and demonstrate our commitment to the economic and social improvement of Tasmania.