Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology expansion Page ContentQueensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology (QASMT) is a select entry school located in Toowong and one of only 3 state school academies in Queensland.Previously QASMT offered Years 10 to 12, but through the expansion will increase to include Years 7 to 9.The first Year 7 students commenced at QASMT in Term 1, 2019.Year 8 students will commence in Term 1, 2020 and Year 9 students will commence in Term 1, 2021. In 2021, the school will offer a complete cohort from Years 7 to 12.Expanding QASMT to include all secondary year levels will provide students continuity of education, friendships and teaching networks without the need for students to transfer between schools during their high school study.View the concept design fly through.Project overviewThe expansion of QASMT will be delivered in a 2-stage approach.Stage 1 was completed in January 2019 to accommodate the first cohort of Year 7 students. Stage 1 included the refurbishment of existing buildings and the installation of prefabricated accommodation while stage 2 is being delivered.Stage 2 will deliver new educational infrastructure and facilities to cater for the Years 8 and 9 students at the school.ConsultationThe Department of Education undertook community consultation for the QASMT expansion project between February and April 2018.Feedback received from residents and the community on the project and preliminary master plan have been incorporated into the updated expansion plans.Key changes to the expansion plans based on community feedback included:reduction in number of additional carparks on site – additional carparks will be added under the Northern Learning Centreremoval of a proposed formal carpark accessed via Miskin Streetnew kiss and ride facility on Bywong Street to improve traffic flow and access to on-street parkingthe location of the Northern Learning Centre has been adjusted to move it further from Toowong Creekthe Eastern STEM Building has been reduced in height to be the same height as the existing buildings.Infrastructure designationInfrastructure Designation for QASMT was granted by the Honourable Cameron Dick MP, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning on 15 November 2018.A copy of the decision notice is available on the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning's website.ConstructionStage 2 works commenced in February 2019 and includes the delivery of a new Northern Learning Centre and a new Eastern Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) hub.The construction of the new Eastern Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics was completed in December 2019. The remaining Stage 2 building works, including the Northern Learning Centre, are on schedule for completion by mid-2020.Protecting the environmentTo ensure the department meets the legislative requirements for the management of fauna and flora during construction on the site, a number of plans have been developed which meet the requirements of the Nature Conservation Act 1992, Environmental Protection, Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999, Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002, Soil Conservation Act 1986 and Water Act 2000 as required under Infrastructure Designation within Planning Act 2016. These plans include:Vegetation and Fauna Management PlanRevegetation and Rehabilitation PlanConstruction Environmental Management PlanSpecies Management Plan.Construction will occur during daylight hours to prevent noise and light pollution in this area at night.A sediment management plan will be in place during construction of both stages to ensure spoil and other materials excavated during construction will not run–off from the construction area.Wildlife spotters will be on site during construction to ensure the protection of local fauna.