Senator John Hogg opens the new library and language centre at Victory College last week.
Senator John Hogg opens the new library and language centre at Victory College last week. Renee Pilcher/ David Crossley

Schools receive new facilities

THE labours of a $5.5 million education injection have come to fruition as two Gympie schools last week unveiled new state-of-the-art facilities.

As a part of a Federal Government Building the Education Revolution (BER), Senator John Hogg last week officially opened James Nash State High School’s new language centre, then was over at Victory College opening its new library, language centre and multi-purpose sports complex.

Students at both schools have now seen first hand the benefits of the Federal program.

“We have now reached the next exciting phase in Building the Education Revolution,” the Senator said.

“It has been fantastic to see the principal, school staff, parents and tradespeople working together to deliver these important projects.

“Now that they are completed, teachers and students in our local schools will be teaching and learning in 21st Century facilities that they so richly deserve.”

James Nash State High School received $1,580,000 under the National School Pride (NSP) program, and Science and Language Centres for 21st Century Secondary Schools (SLC) element of the BER.

Victory College received a $4,001,896 boost.

The new language centres are in a class of their own with state-of-the-art equipment including interactive white boards, new computers and language software.

Victory’s new library boasts a 72 seat amphitheatre-style lecture room with the ability to broadcast lectures from the library to classrooms across the College.

The multi-purpose sports complex is a world-class facility fit to host school, regional and state competitions, with 1600sq m under its roof.

Senator Hogg said it was tremendous to celebrate the opening of the new buildings and to witness, firsthand, the impact the investment had on both schools and the local community.

He said the James Nash project supported the employment of 128 workers and the Victory College project supported the work of many local contractors.

“This is what we strived to achieve – this is the essence of the economic stimulus plan,” Senator Hogg said.

He said the BER was a key element of the Australian Government’s $42 billion nation building economic stimulus plan to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important infrastructure for the long term.

He congratulated both schools on their new facilities and spoke of the benefits to schools and the community.

Senator Hogg will be back in Gympie on November 1 for two more openings.

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