The Dutton Park Ecosciences precinct has been identified as the preferred location for the first new high school to be built in Brisbane’s inner-south for more than 50 years.

QLD Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane, Jackie Trad, said the new school was being built to service the growing local community and was designed to relieve pressure on Brisbane State High School.

“As a local parent, I have witnessed first-hand the significant population growth in the inner-south and the corresponding impact on local school populations, like Brisbane State High, which is the largest secondary school across the nation,” Ms Trad said.

“The Ecosciences Precinct has been identified as the best location for the new secondary school because it will help cater for current and future growth, ensuring that it will be a school planned and designed for the long term.

“Additionally, with its proximity and connection via the Eleanor Schonell Bridge to the University of Queensland – which is partnering with Education Queensland on this exciting education initiative – ensures that we maximise opportunities for students to access the university’s resources, facilities, lecturers and classes.

“While already well connected to public transport through Park Road Train Station and the Eastern Busway, the Ecosciences Precinct will also be serviced by a future Cross River Rail station will provide further connection.”

Minister for Education, Grace Grace, said the school was planned to open from the start of 2021.

“Planning works are also underway for a new inner city north state secondary college, which is being developed in partnership with QUT, at Brookes Street in Fortitude Valley which is due to open in 2020.”

The project is being delivered as part of the Queensland Government’s $800 million Building Future Schools Fund.

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