19 Jun 2018
Minister for Education
About 80 Territory students with additional needs will soon have new classrooms and state-of-the-art facilities, after a $6.7 million tender to upgrade Acacia Hill School was awarded to a local builder.
Alice Springs company Scope Building NT Pty Ltd will employ more than 100 people over the next year, including apprentices, Aboriginal workers, full-time employees and subcontractors, to undertake the major construction project.
“Every Territory child deserves access to a great education, and it’s important that we have quality infrastructure that meets the needs of our students,” Education Minister Eva Lawler said.
“Our government is reinvesting in education after the CLP slashed $135 million from school budgets and sacked teachers and support staff.
“As part of our an additional investment of $31 million per year, we have increased specialist support services for children across the Territory and funded 40 scholarships to enable Territory teachers to obtain formal, post-graduate qualifications in teaching children with additional needs.”
The Acacia Hill School upgrade will be built in two stages. Stage one will see the construction of three new classrooms, while stage two will see a new multi-purpose building housing administration, a hall and specialty classrooms.
Stage one is scheduled to be completed by December 2018 and stage two is expected to be completed by June 2019.
Scope Building NT Managing Director Peter Walsh said his company was pleased to have won the tender, which will enable him to employ 37 full-time employees and 66 subcontractors.
“It is always a pleasure to be involved with projects that provide such great community support for the town,” he said.
Acacia Hill School principal Wendy Hynes said her school prided itself on its inclusive learning for students from early childhood right through to their secondary years and the upgrades would enable teachers to use the new, ultra-modern facilities to expand student learning.
“The school community is very excited about the upgrades which will deliver a modern specialist school, with dedicated facilities for the different learning activities, and an all-abilities accessible playground for our students’ education,” she said.
Construction on stage one of the project is expected to commence within weeks.
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