The second stage of a transformative, $28.4 million infrastructure investment in the Bullocky Point Education Precinct – a multipurpose hall at Darwin Middle School – is officially open to students.
The new $10.3 million, state-of-the-art multipurpose hall will support a range of sports, arts and educational activities for the school’s 800 students, with the following features:
- a large gymnasium
- a rock climbing and abseiling wall
- an indoor basketball court with retractable seating and box theatre for 200 students
- a multifunction drama and dance space that can convert to a studio theatre
- two classrooms dedicated to health and physical education
- teacher preparation space and storage space.
The Territory Labor Government is delivering a major infrastructure investment at the Bullocky Point Education Precinct, which encompasses three government schools – Darwin High School, Darwin Middle School and the Northern Territory School of Distance Education.
It is the NT’s most populous school site, attended by more than 2000 students.
The three stage development includes:
- A 15.9 million Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Centre at Darwin High School (Completed 2019)
- A $10.3 million Multipurpose Hall at Darwin Middle School (Completed 2020)
- $2.2 million landscaping works to join the two campuses (in progress)
The construction of the multipurpose was undertaken by Territory builder Sunbuild and supported 100 local jobs, including 31 Aboriginal workers and one Aboriginal apprentice.
As stated by Minister for Education, Selena Uibo.
“The Territory Labor Government is pleased to be delivering on this major investment in the Bullocky Point Education Precinct, which expands the educational offerings at the three sites.
“The multipurpose hall at Darwin Middle School enhances the school’s ability to provide high-quality learning in a contemporary environment and supports the school for future growth.
“The modern, flexible spaces within the building support creative industries, including sports, music, arts, and drama, and provides the school with a large space for assemblies and events.
“Unlike the CLP, who slashed $135 million from the education budget, the Territory Labor Government will always invest in education.”
As stated by the Chief Minister and Member for Fannie Bay, Michael Gunner.
“The Territory Labor Government was elected to create jobs for Territorians and opportunities for Territory kids, and that’s what we are delivering.
“You don’t help kids by cutting education. We will keep working every day to give Territory kids the best possible start in life.”