27 Jun 2018
Minister for Education
Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics
More than 300 local construction jobs will be created in the next year, after Sunbuild won the $15.9 million tender to build a state-of-the-art STEAM centre at Darwin High School.
Northern Territory Education Minister Selena Uibo today announced the successful bid for the multi-million dollar Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Centre, which she said would prepare Darwin High School students for the jobs of the future.
“Investing in children’s education is not just the smart thing to do, it is the right thing to do for the Territory’s future,” Ms Uibo said.
“A good education leads to a good job and this is why the Territory Labor Government promised before the election that we would provide state-of-the-art facilities at Darwin High School.
“We have delivered on this promise with the awarding of this tender, which will also see the creation of 300 jobs for Territorians.”
Demolition work of some existing workshops and classrooms is expected to begin over the school holidays to make way for the new STEAM centre.
Construction is scheduled to continue until mid-2019.
Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler said creating local jobs was a key priority for the Territory Labor Government.
“This project marks the start of the $39 million Bullocky Point education precinct redevelopment, which will create hundreds of jobs,” Ms Lawler said.
“It adds to the major revitalisation projects being undertaken in the CBD in coming months, and the Barneson Boulevard redevelopment, all of which is great news for the construction industry and great news for the Territory economy.”
Sunbuild Construction Manager Jim Eadie said his company was proud to have won the tender to develop the prestige school project that will serve Darwin students for years to come.
“All labour on the project will be from local firms with an emphasis of increasing Aboriginal engagement throughout the life of the project,” he said.
“The project will be carefully programmed and detailed to avoid any impact on the operation of the ongoing activities of the school. Sunbuild will be working outside normal school hours to ensure this is achieved.”
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