Urangan High School students (from left) Gaby Ullmann, Kristie Rowland, Lisa Clark, Kymin Kay-Smith, Stephanie Moore, Stephanie Macauley, Dana Schiefelbein and (front) Natalie Zelow on the site of the proposed performing arts complex.
Urangan High School students (from left) Gaby Ullmann, Kristie Rowland, Lisa Clark, Kymin Kay-Smith, Stephanie Moore, Stephanie Macauley, Dana Schiefelbein and (front) Natalie Zelow on the site of the proposed performing arts complex. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

New complex hits high note

A $14 MILLION dollar cultural and sporting complex set to create more than 60 jobs could be under construction at Hervey Bay by next year.

The ambitious project is being spearheaded by Urangan State High School and has the support of Mayor Mick Kruger and local MPs Paul Neville and Ted Sorensen.

A feasibility study conducted by Enterprise Innovations outlines a four-stage construction process, starting with a language centre and adding on a conference and performing centre, restaurant and catering facilities and a sporting complex.

The location of the centre has not been decided but it could be in the Urangan State High School grounds.

A steering committee chaired by Urangan High School P&C president Linda Buxton is in the process of applying for funds to pay for the complex.

“The complex will be independently managed to ensure equal access by all community and school groups,” Ms Buxton said.

“We’ve been excited about this project for a long time.”

Urangan State High School principal Ross Zelow said construction of the first stage would depend on whether applications for funding were successful.

“We’re still exploring any funding opportunities and applying for funding wherever we can,” he said.

“We hope the first stage of construction can be underway some time next year.

“This centre will open up a lot of opportunities for things like seminars, state conferences, workshops, sporting events and performances by community and school groups.”



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