Yarrabilba high school to open in 2020

THE Labor government will open a state high school at Yarrabilba in 2020 and has committed funding to plan for a primary school at Logan Reserve.

Education Minister Kate Jones made the announcement on Friday before touring the site of the Yarrabilba state primary school, which opens in January.

Logan MP Linus Power said residents of Yarrabilba, Logan Village, Stockleigh and the eastern part of Jimboomba would benefit from the high school.

VISIT: Logan MP Linus Power and Education Minister Kate Jones visit the state school under construction at Yarrabilba. The minister announced a high school would open in 2020. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

VISIT: Logan MP Linus Power and Education Minister Kate Jones visit the state school under construction at Yarrabilba. The minister announced a high school would open in 2020. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

“This is something the residents of Logan Village have been crying out for and for the growing area of Yarrabilba it’s absolutely essential,” he said.

“It will reduce travel times for students and provide jobs.”

Mr Power said it would provide a local option for students who travelled to high schools at Marsden, Flagstone and Beaudesert.

The announcement was part of a $808 million investment to build 10 new schools and boost education infrastructure in growth areas.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Labor would also deliver up to $235 million in 2021-22 to renew and refurbish 17 high schools.

“The schools we have identified for this program are more than 30 years old and require this extra injection to bring them up to the quality standard students and teachers deserve,” she said.

Minister Kate Jones said the government had invested $765 million in school infrastructure to build new schools at Yarrabilba and other areas.

“Through our $200 million Advancing Queensland Schools fund we’re building and upgrading halls at 30 schools and funding capital renewal at another 24,” she said.

“In a world where the demands on our young people are constantly changing, education has never been so important.”

“Teachers make the magic happen but the quality of classrooms and school grounds is crucial in engaging students.”