Female workforce driving Unley High School build

The $32.5 million expansion of Unley High School is moving full steam ahead, as part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s record $1.3 billion education build.

Led by an 80 per cent female team, comprising project engineers, site engineers, construction workers, contract administrators and site administrators, the project delivering at least 117 local jobs.

Following International Women’s Day, Education Minister John Gardner visited the site to view progress and recognise the contribution of large female workforce working on the project.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is focused on creating jobs to keep South Australia safe and strong in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and our record-breaking $1.3 billion investment in education infrastructure is delivering thousands of construction jobs at a crucial time for our economy,” said Minister Gardner.

“With more than 100 school building projects being delivered in the coming months and years, we are providing a solid pipeline of jobs for South Australians while delivering a generational upgrade of schools across the state.

“It is fantastic to see such a strong female workforce delivering the project here at Unley High School, and I commend LendLease for their work in encouraging more women to be involved in the construction industry.

“NCVER data is showing that there are significant increases in the numbers of young women commencing skilled apprenticeships and traineeships in South Australia and we want to see those numbers continue to increase.”

Progress on the build at Unley High School is well underway, with construction on schedule to be delivered in time to welcome students in Term 1, 2022.

Unley High School’s zone was recently expanded from this year, with Springbank Secondary College becoming an unzoned school and the entirety of its zone merged into the Unley zone.

This means the suburbs of Westbourne Park, Cumberland Park, Clarence Gardens, Clarence Park, Kings Park, Black Forest, Melrose Park, Daw Park, Colonel Light Gardens, Lower Mitcham, Clapham, Pasadena, Panorama and St Marys, as well as additional parts of Hawthorn and Millswood, are all now included in the Unley High zone.

“With its zone having recently expanded significantly, thousands of families are now guaranteed a place for their child at Unley High School,” said Minister Gardner.

“Concept images showcase a world class upgrade to the school’s facilities and the local community in these areas will continue to eagerly watch work progress here over the coming months.

“This upgrade at Unley High School has been sorely needed for many years, and we’re pleased to be delivering for families in Adelaide’s inner south.”

For more information on the Marshall Liberal Government’s $1.3 billion education build visit education.sa.gov.au.

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