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$204 million investment in education infrastructure

12 November, 2020

Jeremy Rockliff MP

Minister for Education and Training

2020-21 Budget: $204 million investment in education infrastructure

The Tasmanian Liberal Government’s multi-million investment in education infrastructure across Tasmania will improve outcomes for learners and their families while creating jobs, growing our economy and strengthening our communities.

The 2020-21 Budget continues our Government’s strong track record on delivering quality learning with a capital investment program of $204 million over four years.

The centrepiece of this investment will be a $40 million investment towards building the new $50 million Brighton High School, delivering a state-of-the-art new school for up to 600 students in one of our fastest growing regions.

Ten hectares of land at 1 Elderslie Road has now been acquired for the project, future-proofing education in the Brighton community should additional capacity be required in the coming years.

The public release of a concept plan for the high school is proposed in the first half of 2021, with construction expected to commence in early 2023 and enrolments accepted for 2025.

We are continuing to work closely with the Brighton Council and the community to deliver this exciting project, and further consultation will occur next year to provide opportunity for the community to have their say on the concept plan.

A total of $28 million has also been allocated for the development of six new Child and Family Learning Centres in the areas of East Tamar, Waratah Wynyard, Sorell, Glenorchy, Kingston and Ulverstone over the next four years.

Developing more Child and Family Learning Centres will provide families with greater access to quality education, peer support and health and wellbeing services.

Funding of $24 million has also been allocated for the build of a new primary school in Legana, which follows an in-principal agreement to purchase land in partnership with the West Tamar Council.

The Budget also includes:

  • $25.3 million for the new K-12 Sorell School;
  • $18.8 million for the new K-12 Penguin school; and
  • $20 million to revitalise Cosgrove high.

This is a Budget that provides the certainty and confidence our community needs, helping us to rebuild a stronger Tasmania.