Trade Training Centre to go up
FOUR derelict former TAFE buildings in Maryborough have been smashed to the ground – but demolition crews do not expect to be finished on site for at least a couple of weeks.
Ken Paterson, owner of Paterson Demolition and Recycling, said the buildings were pulled down at the weekend while a section of Ferry Street was blocked off to traffic.
However, there was still “a fair bit” of cleaning up to do before the job was done. “We’ve still got a couple of weeks to go at least,” he said.
Once cleared, building will begin on a state-of-the-art Trade Training Centre.
The new centre will provide industry standard training to students at Maryborough High, Aldridge High, St Mary’s College and Riverside Christian College.
For Fraser Coast councillor Gerard O’Connell, the start of construction will herald “another chapter of good economic development for Maryborough and the Fraser Coast”.
“This gives young people in the Fraser Coast area an opportunity to learn more skills, get a good education and get employment without having to leave the area,” he said.
“If we are to have strong economic development and good holistic education we need to see our secondary schools ramping up capacity and curriculum.
“I think it’s really important that we pay tribute to those employers who will be involved in employing these young people.
“They are not only the leaders in their industries but also very proactive in encouraging and training school students.”
According to Education Queensland, the total price tag for the new centre will be $5 million.
That includes removing asbestos from the old TAFE buildings, demolishing the buildings and building the new site.