Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said all local state schools would benefit from the Palaszczuk Government’s record investment in school maintenance.

Mr Pitt said schools from Gordonvale to Innisfail and along the Cassowary Coast to Mission Beach and Tully would share in more than $7 million for improvements to classrooms and other facilities.

“We want our state school students to have the best-possible classrooms to make the most of their education,” he said.

“This funding is part of our $667 million school infrastructure program and will help our state schools stay on top of maintenance needs and ensure students have access to quality education facilities.”

Mr Pitt said local school maintenance projects included:

• $600,000 for Yarrabah State School to refurbish classrooms;
• $350,000 for Gordonvale State High School to refurbish life skills and external art paces classrooms;
• $265,000 for Innisfail East State School to refurbish classrooms;
• $590,000 for Bohlevale State School to refurbish classrooms;
• $385,000 for Ingham State School to upgrade classrooms;
• $325,000 for Ingham State High School to upgrade classrooms;
• $250,000 for Tully State High School to refurbish the manual arts block; and
• $100,000 for Mission Beach State School to refurbish classrooms.

“Most of the work will be carried out during the school holidays to ensure classes are not disrupted,” he said.

Mr Pitt said every year principals and condition assessors worked together to prioritise school maintenance projects for local schools.

“Our school maintenance program is not only building better schools in Innisfail but also providing valuable jobs for tradies and training opportunities for apprentices,” he said.

“At least 10 percent of all maintenance work carried out on state schools will be done by apprentices ensuring we continue to develop skills locally.

Mr Pitt said local tradies could pre-register for work online at: