In March, Member for Buderim Brent Mickelberg called upon the Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations to fund the construction of urgently needed facilities at Mountain Creek State High School, and the results are in.
“I was pleased to receive a positive response from the Minister, Hon Grace Grace MP and can now confirm the Government has agreed to allocate $22.2 million for two new three-story senior learning centres, which is essential to cater for local population growth.
Mr Mickelberg said quality education was vital for all Queenslanders and as the Buderim Electorate is known for its quality State, Catholic and Independent schools, it has become an ‘education destination’, with parents flocking to the area in unprecedented numbers to raise and educate their children.
“I congratulate the Minister for recognising this population growth and the increasing pressures and demand on local schools - many of which like Mountain Creek are bursting at the seams.
“Educating our future leaders and improving education outcomes is fundamental to healthy and prosperous communities. Students can’t learn in over-crowded, noisy environments and teachers can’t teach if they are not adequately resourced.
“Once constructed Mountain Creek High School will be home to 16 new classrooms, two flexible learning areas and two robotics labs, which are testimony to the school’s award winning robotics program. The new facility will also include three STEM labs, two collaborative spaces, three science labs, amenities and staff areas. Once complete the capacity of the school will increase from 2580 to 3269, securing its place as the largest state school in the region.
“This is a great outcome but it is just a start. It is essential the construction of these new facilities is prioritised and not left as line item on a budget sheet. I will continue to work with and lobby the Government to ensure that future demand in this extremely popular part of the Sunshine Coast is carefully predicted and the necessary infrastructure is built so as to ensure overcrowding does not occur in the first place.
“This careful analysis must consider Priority Development Areas and Master Planned Areas, such as the Palmview Master Planned Area, where I believe new schools will need to be built to ease the pressure on the existing school networks in the Buderim electorate.
“I will hold the Government to account on this and a range of other pressing issues affecting the liveability of Buderim and its surrounds,” Mr Mickelberg said.