Ipswich schools take Gold under the first release of Go for Gold Round 2 Funding

Ipswich schools take Gold under the first release of Go for Gold Round 2 Funding Main Image

03 June 2024

• Riverview State School, Woodlinks State School and The Y Vocational School are to
share in almost $700,000 investment for new or improved sporting infrastructure.

• All Queensland schools, state and non-state, were able to apply for up to $500 000 in
Round 2 Category 1 funding.

Local Ipswich students dreaming of being future Olympians and Paralympians are one step
closer to having access to new and improved sporting infrastructure thanks to the Miles
Government’s Go for Gold Fund.

97 schools will share in over $30 million in Category 1 funding including Riverview State
School, Woodlinks State School and The Y Vocational School.

Riverview State School will receive more than $170 000 to upgrade its basketball court,
Woodlinks State School will get $28 695 for a shade structure and The Y Vocational School
will have $490 000 for a new roof structure.

These upgrades will provide new and improved infrastructure they will encourage more kids
to get involved.

The Fund aimed to prioritise investment in locations where enhanced or new infrastructure
would increase active pathways in communities that may experience lower student
participation rates in sport.

Set to support greater sport participation across the state, the Go for Gold Fund will
encourage students and their communities to be more active and improve sports
performance preparation for the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bundamba Lance McCallum:

“I’m proud to back our local sports superstars of tomorrow, supporting them with the
equipment and infrastructure they need to make their Olympic and Paralympic dreams come

“With so many legends of many games coming from our community, I want to see more local
children, their families, and school communities able to experience the magic of sport.

“You never know where the next champion will come from and why not from Ipswich.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Education Di Farmer:

“We want to see more young Queenslanders have access to modern sporting infrastructure
which will encourage them to be more active, while encouraging schools to facilitate
community use of school sports facilities.

“Encouraging kids to be more active is not always easy but having access to state-of-the-art
infrastructure and equipment at school, or in the community, can be enticing.

“The benefits of physical activity on physical, social and emotional health are well known and
undoubtedly contribute to better learning outcomes.

“Of course we also want to help develop the sporting stars of tomorrow and see even more
Queenslanders than ever before on the podiums at the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic

“Primary, middle, high and special education schools alike will benefit from the Go for Gold
Fund. But it’s not just the schools that will benefit from the Fund; it will be great for
communities right across Queensland.


Round 2 of the Fund allowed all Queensland schools, both state and non-state, to apply for
up to $5 million for new or upgraded sports infrastructure. Funding in Round 2 is
administered in three categories:
• Category 1 – up to and including $500,000;
• Category 2 – over $500,000, up to and including $2.5 million; and
• Category 3 – over $2.5 million, up to and including $5 million.
The assessment of Category 2 and Category 3 applications is still ongoing, with
announcements expected in Term 3, 2024.
680 schools have already received funding to purchase sporting equipment under Round 1