Kepnock State High School students and teachers will benefit from new industrial design and technology facilities in the near future, with $12 million in extra funding announced for the project.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith visited the school recently to deliver the good news and view new artist impressions of the build.
The funding, which has now been rounded up to $22 million, is set to ensure both senior and junior ITD students can access the facilities at the one site instead of separate locations – with the change made following site inspections and consultation with the school.
The project is set to include three junior wood workshops, a junior metal workshop, a senior furnishing workshop and a senior engineering workshop along with associated specialist rooms, storage, amenities and additional car parking.
The funding also takes into consideration construction industry challenges.
Two existing buildings will be demolished following the completion of the new build.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk Queensland students deserved world-class education facilities no matter where they lived, and the new $22 million project would deliver that for Bundaberg.
“This exciting project will give students modern and innovative specialist learning spaces, giving them skills today for the jobs of tomorrow,” she said.
“They’ll be able to take part in subjects and classes like engineering, building and construction, graphic design, ceramics and industrial design and using equipment like 3D and ceramic printers, welding, wood and metal lathes.
“This investment is all part of our government’s $1.9 billion budget this year in education infrastructure across the state, supporting nearly 4,200, good, secure Queensland jobs.
“This is an incredible investment for Kepnock State High School’s community and I can’t wait to see how it looks when complete.”
Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith welcomed the news.
“Having previously been a teacher at Kepnock State High School, I know first-hand just how much this new, purpose-built facility will meet the learning needs for students,” he said.