Trade centre almost finished

THE finishing touches are being put on Maryborough's new Trade Training Centre which is expected to be available for students to use next year.

All of Maryborough's high schools will have access to the centre, which cost about $5 million to build and was funded by the Federal Government.

Brisbane-based Walton Constructions won the tender to construct the building, but construction manager Brad Ryan said many of the sub-contractors and suppliers were local.

“The concreting company, roofing and electrical are all local contractors,” he said.

An expected completion date of the end of September was pushed back by a few weeks because of the wet weather.

The centre on the corner of Ferry and Sussex streets is on the site of several old TAFE buildings, which were demolished in February.

The purpose-built centre will provide a place where students can receive industry-standard training in a trade.

Councillor Gerard O'Connell said it was a step in the right direction for economic development.

“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.



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