Minister turns sod for new $11.35million administration and classroom blocks
$7.35million allocated through Pilbara Cities, Royalties for Regions
Funded by partnership between mining industry and the State Government
New facilities worth $11.35million being built at Hedland Senior High School will provide for the needs of students in the rapidly growing Pilbara region.
Education Minister Liz Constable today turned the first sod to mark the start of construction of the school’s new and refurbished classroom blocks and administration building - due for completion in December this year.
“The Port Hedland area is at the centre of the expanding Western Australian resources industry and schools need to meet the demands of the growing population,” Dr Constable said.
“This investment in state-of-the-art facilities will ensure local students have the same advantages as those in Perth and other major centres.
“The new administration block will be built next to the existing Matt Dann Cultural Centre to create a new school entry facing Hamilton Road.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the new facilities were an important part of the Pilbara Cities initiative.
“The work is the culmination of an innovative and forward-looking partnership between industry and the State Government to improve facilities for student learning,” Mr Grylls said.
“BHP Billiton Iron Ore contributed $4million to the works, adding to the $7.35million allocated by Royalties for Regions through its Pilbara Cities initiative,” Dr Constable said.
BHP Billion Iron Ore also participates in the Pilbara Education Partnership, which has enabled Hedland Senior High School to extend students opportunities for scholarships and a sister school arrangement with Mount Lawley Senior High School.
The new facilities being built will house information and communication technology laboratories and feature wireless internet access and interactive whiteboards and notebooks. The additional classrooms will accommodate the move of year 7 students to public secondary schools from 2015.
“These works will be followed by further works funded through Royalties for Regions for $6million under the Regional Schools Plan and are currently in the planning stage,” Dr Constable said.
Works were designed by JCY Architects and will be built by Smith Constructions
Hedland Senior High School celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011
The school also became the Pilbara’s first Independent Public School in 2011
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