$10 million school project exciting for Urangan end of town
CONSTRUCTION is expected to begin on Wednesday on a $10 million infrastructure project for Urangan State High School.
The project includes a new two-storey building for up to 350 Year 7 students, with 16 classrooms and teacher facilities, along with additional infrastructure such as a new student set-down zone for parents to drop off and pick up their children.
Principal Ross Zelow said it great to see the work about to start, since there had been no permanent infrastructure built at the school since 1999.
"It's really exciting," Mr Zelow said.
The project is being carried out by Win Constructions and Mr Zelow said it was great to see a local company doing the work.
Work is expected to be complete by the end of the school year.
Funding for the new building has come from the State Government, as part of its Flying Start program.
This program is designed to help Year 7 students transition through to high school and begins in 2015.
Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen said the funding for the project would help get the local economy going.
"It is a great boost to the building industry in Hervey Bay," he said.
Mr Sorensen said plans were also in place for funding for a similar building for Hervey Bay High for its own influx of Year 7 students in 2015.
With construction at Urangan High set to be finished in time for the 2014 school year, Mr Zelow said existing students from Years 8-12 would use the building next year, in order to iron out any kinks so the building is completely ready for 2015's Year 7 students.