WORK has officially begun to construct McAuley College, Beaudesert’s inaugural private secondary school.
Construction crews began clearing vegetation and grading soil on the site last week, marking the start of the first major construction project at the 339-hectare Oakland Estate masterplanned community.
Newly-announced McAuley College principal Deidre Young joined Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent and Oakland Estate developer James Robinson at the site on Tuesday to commemorate the start of construction.
McAuley College will be located on a 7.2 hectare site within Oakland Estate, two minutes east of the Beaudesert CBD, and is set to open for term one in 2017.
The Catholic secondary college is expected to welcome about 90 year seven students for the 2017 school year, eventually growing to about 850 by 2022.
It will grow by one year level each year, requiring about 65 teachers and staff once its first year 12 class graduates in 2022.
The school will be built in stages, with stage one consisting of year seven and eight classrooms, a sports oval, a library and administration block, a multi-purpose undercover area, toilets, changerooms and a specialist block.
It will also include a 126 space carpark, a covered waiting area and a pick-up and drop-off point for students and parents.
Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent said he was ecstatic to see work commence on McAuley College.
“I think it shows the level of belief in this region being the next big thing in southeast Queensland,” he said.
“It establishes a credibility about the level of community. That Brisbane Catholic Education are prepared to invest in a community like this proves there is great promise here.”
Cr Brent said McAuley College would also offer a natural progression for students from Beaudesert’s St Mary’s primary school to continue their education in a Catholic environment.
Enrolments for the college are due to begin soon and a temporary office is set to open at Brisbane Street in Beaudesert in April.
For more information about enrolments and the school in general visit www.mcauley.qld.edu.au