Springfield Lakes has welcomed the announcement from Catholic Education Brisbane of a proposed new Catholic primary school in Springfield Lakes, with construction planned to begin in 2012.

The school is proposed to open at the start of 2013 with grades prep to three with one year level added per year, and pending government accreditation.

Delfin Lend Lease Project Director Ian Murray said the announcement has been welcomed by the Springfield Lakes community.

“The Springfield area has secured its reputation as an education hub, and with one family moving to Springfield Lakes each day, we have welcomed the plans from Catholic Education to build an additional school in our community, giving our residents more options and our community room to grow,” Mr Murray said.

“Here at Springfield Lakes we pride ourselves on offering our residents all they need right on their doorsteps, from schools to shopping, dining and recreational facilities.”

Catholic Education Brisbane Executive Director David Hutton said the proposed school would meet the growing demand for educational institutions in the area.

“This school will serve the rapidly-growing areas in and around Springfield Lakes and will complement our current Prep to Year 12 College, St Augustine’s,” Mr Hutton said.

“A master plan has been developed for the new school and has been submitted to Ipswich City Council for the necessary approvals.  Application has been made also to the Queensland Government’s Non-State Schools Accreditation Board.”

Springfield City Group Chairman Maha Sinnathamby applauded the announcement and welcomed news of another Catholic school in Greater Springfield.

“We are buoyed by the success of St. Augustine’s and are looking forward to seeing another school under construction,” Mr Sinnathamby said.

“Education is the soul of Greater Springfield and that’s why we have invested in a lifelong learning precinct called Education City, which brings a range of educators into one unique environment.

“Around 14 years ago we welcomed our first student to the city. Now there are more than 8,500 students learning in Greater Springfield in one form or another which is staggering growth by anyone’s measure.”

A steering committee has now been formed to guide the development of the new school.

Springfield Lakes enjoys access to world class educational facilities including two new state schools (primary and secondary) which recently opened, dining and shopping precincts and public transport options including a $646 million dollar  rail line coming in 2013 , with Orion Springfield Central and Brookwater Golf Course right on its doorstep.

The vibrant community offers many living options, from waterfront living to a city fringe lifestyle with 120-hectares of open space, including leafy streetscapes, parks, lakes and a network of hike and bike trails.

More than 11,900 residents currently call Springfield Lakes home, with an expected population of 30,000 on completion.

Springfield Lakes is being developed by Delfin Lend Lease, Australia’s largest developer of master planned communities, with more than 26 projects nationally.