TheTerritory Labor Government has directly supported more than one thousand localjobs since coming to government with a suite of major education constructionprojects.
Projectsin Darwin, Palmerston, the rural area, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs haveenabled local builders to employ hundreds of workers, while constructingtransformative buildings that will serve Territory children for many years tocome.
ChiefMinister Michael Gunner and Member for Port Darwin Paul Kirby today toured theconstruction site of the Darwin Middle School Multipurpose Hall, whereconstruction is due to be completed later this year.
Majoreducation construction projects undertaken by Territory companies since 2016include:
NewGovernment School in Zuccoli
The$29 million new government school in Zuccoli is supporting nearly 300 localjobs over its two stage construction.
Constructionon Stage 1 of Zuccoli Primary School is underway and is on track to welcomestudents from Term 1, 2020.
Tendersfor the design and construction of Stage 2 have been received and are currentlybeing assessed.
Theschool is scheduled to be fully operational by Term 1, 2021.
DarwinHigh School STEAM Centre
Constructionis almost finished on the $15.9 million, state-of-the-art Science, Technology,Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Centre at Darwin High School.
SunbuildPty Ltd won the tender in June 2018 and has employed around 300 local workerson the project.
Thecentre is scheduled to be operational by the end of the 2019 school year.
Darwin Middle SchoolMultipurpose Hall
SunbuildPty Ltd also won the $10.3 million contract for neighbouring Darwin MiddleSchools multipurpose hall, which will support sports, music, arts, drama andprovide indoor space for school assemblies and events.
Constructionis due to be completed by the end of the 2019 school year, and is supportingaround 85 local jobs during construction, including 31 Aboriginal workers andone Aboriginal apprentice.
The$7.4 million redevelopment of Ludmilla Primary School was undertaken by localcompany PTM Group and officially opened in May 2019.
Theredevelopment delivered a vibrant new Early Learning Centre, which caters forup to 44 preschool children and provides an integrated area for a supportedplay group, a FaFT and other services.
Theproject supported around 150 local jobs.
TaminminCollege STEAM Centre
ProbuildNT employed nearly 350 workers, including 46 Aboriginal employees, inconstruction of the the rural areas $12.7 million, purpose-built Science,Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEAM) Centre
Thecentre includes six classrooms and six science laboratories, with capacity for1500 students.
Itofficially opened in February, 2018.
Acacia Hill School
AliceSprings Scope Building NT won the $6.7 million tender to upgrade Acacia HillSchool.
Theworks upgraded specialised facilities and built new classrooms, enabling morestudents with special needs to receive high quality education in contemporarylearning environments.
Stageone of the project was completed on 5 December 2018 and Stage two is enteringits final stages of completion.
Thisproject supported 103 local jobs during construction, including 7 Aboriginalapprentices and 15 apprentices.
Braitling Primary School new earlychildhood precinct
ProbuildNT won the $3 million contract to create a new early years precinct atBraitling Primary School.
Theworks were completed in May 2019 and supported around 50 local jobs.
Tennant Creek Primary School IntegratedEarly Childhood and Family Centre
ProbuildNT also won the $6.3 million construction tender for the new Integrated EarlyChildhood and Family Centre at Tennant Creek.
Thenew integrated learning centre includes two main components – a new pre-schooland adjacent child and family centre.
Thepreschool caters for up to 110 children, integrated with facilities for anon-site Families as First Teachers (FaFT) Program, early intervention supportmeeting rooms, visiting specialists rooms, and amenities for food preparation
Constructionwas completed in April 2019 and supported around 40 local jobs duringconstruction.
As stated by Chief minister Michael Gunner.
TheTerritory Labor Governments number one priority is creating jobs forTerritorians.
Wecame to Government with a plan to create jobs, invest in infrastructure andimprove the lives of all Territorians. We are delivering on that plan.
Investingin our schools is not only an investment in our economy and in our people, itis an investment in our future.
Weknow that quality infrastructure underpins quality learning and the children inthese schools will have state-of-the-art learning facilities for many years tocome.
TheTerritory Labor Government will always invest in education, because we know itis not just the right thing to do, its the smart thing to do for theTerritorys future.