EDUCATION minister James Merlino visited the Korumburra Secondary College last week to inspect the work on Stage 1 of the school’s rebuild.
The $5.6 million project will provide students with ultra-modern facilities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths which principal Abigail Graham expects to be key employment industries in the future.
A new trade area will also be completed as part of the $5.6 million work which is set for completion by the end of the third term, although much of the heavy machinery in the trade area won’t be moved until late term 4 to limit the impact on Year 12 students.
Local firm TS Constructions has the slab poured with steel work set to begin this week.
The upgrade also includes the refurbishment of classrooms and a new canteen.
“The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) concept will transform education opportunities for young people in Korumburra,”Mr Merlino said.
“It’s a terrific facility that focusses on the areas that Abigail sees will provide employment opportunity for students in the future.”
Mr Merlino also congratulated David Haskell Architects and acknowledged the former government that provided the funding in the 2014 budget.
Gippsland South MP Danny O’Brien said it was time for the State Government to come good with funding for the next stages of the school’s overhaul.
“While it was pleasing to have the James Merlino visit Korumburra Secondary College to officially launch the Stage 1 works, I remain disappointed that the State Government has not funded Stage 2.
“The works underway now were funded in the last Liberal-Nationals budget to the tune of $5.6 million and we further committed $9 million at the 2014 election for Stage 2.
“Labor has not matched that commitment and I call on the government to finish the job and ensure that the Korumburra Secondary College gets a full rebuild as soon as possible.”