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Australian Government grant for new Ipswich college

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Embargoed until 6 p.m. Friday 31 October 1975 or until the : Queensland Minister for Educa­ tion makes a similar release, whichever is the latest.


An Australian Government grant of $800,000 for the purchase of

a substantial area of land at Bundamba, an eastern suburb of

Ipswich, was announced today by the Australian Minister for

Education, Mr. Kim Beazley.

The announcement said that the grant would enable the develop­

ment of a major new technical and further education college on

a new site to replace Ipswich Technical College.

Mr. Beazley said that the Australian Government had accepted the

negotiated purchase price of $1.2 million for some key parcels

of land owned by Kruger Enterprises, and that the grant of

$800,000 represented an initial payment towards this land.

The balance of $400,000 would be a first charge against

Queensland’s major works program under the Technical and

Further Education Scheme in the 1977-79 triennium.

In addition, amounts of $37 3 000 and $66,000 had been set aside

in the period 1/7/75 - 31/12/76 for the acquisition of private

residences adjoining the Kruger land, now becoming available on

the open market, and for planning the first stage of the new

Ipswich College of Technical and Further Education.

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Mr. Beazley said the proposal was to transfer the existing

Ipswich Technical College to Bundamba and to develop it

into a College of Technical and Further Education, providing

pre-vocational courses, trade and advanced trade courses .

re-training and special adult courses.

Ipswich Technical College is the oldest technical college in

Queensland. It is on an overcrowded site with no possibility

of expansion.

The new Bundamba site was chosen by the Queensland Division of

Technical and Further Education after a lengthy examination

of possible alternatives. The eventual total area will be

some 44' hectares, enabling the new college to cater for

population increases in Ipswich, and the Brisbane suburbs

expanding towards Ipswich. Mr. Beazley said that the location

- on Station Hill - was an excellent one, adjacent to the Ipswich

Brisbane railway and bus services.

He said that the grants for the new college would be made under

the Australian Government's Technical and Further Education

Program, designed to support development of Technical and

Further Education in the States.

Under the program, a total of $131 million had been allocated

during the 18-months to 31 December 197S. Of this amount

$53.6 million was for capital expenditure of which Queensland's

share was $4.7 million. .

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