Premier Mark McGowan and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray visited Collie Senior High School last Friday to view progress on the $7.5 million worth of upgrades to the school.
The new upgrades will enable the school to cater for an extra 130 students and will replace the five transportable classrooms currently in place.
Currently students are already benefiting from the upgrades with the recent reconfiguration of a workshop into a first class ICT and science, technology, engineering and mathematics laboratory.
Further upgrades, expected to be fully completed in August, will include refurbishments to existing classrooms, a brand new classroom block with eight classrooms, a commercial kitchen and café restaurant, and a food technology studio.
Premier Mark McGowan said his government was committed to investing in quality public school infrastructure to make sure all Western Australian students get the best possible eduation, regardless of where they live.
“In the 2018-19 State Budget, we committed almost $100 million to upgrade regional schools across our state,” he said.
I’m pleased these major upgrades to Collie Senior High School will benefit current students and ensures students in years to come have access to quality, modern classrooms and school facilitiesPremier Mark McGowan
South-West builders Pindan Constructions are delivering the main build, employing 60 people on the project, which is underpinned by the McGowan government’s Buy Local policy – to increase local content, create jobs and boost the local economy.
Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said upgrading the facilities at Collie Senior High School was one of his key election commitments, and was pleased to see construction was underway.
It is personally pleasing for me to have secured these upgrades for the community after so many years of broken promises by those who came before us. The new ICT and STEM centre will teach our kids the skills they need for the jobs of the future, while the commercial kitchen and food technology studio will help our kids with the life skills they need to succeedCollie-Preston MLA Mick Murray
Collie Senior High School principal Dale Miller said the government contract for art work for the building has been awarded to artist George Domahidy.
“The artwork will celebrate the regions flora and embodies images from the Collie River Valley, Bibbulmun track and Muddi Biddi trail. It will be positioned on the corner of Wittenoom and Patterson Street,” she said.