The upgrade of the Broome Senior High School will support hundreds of local jobs which is further evidence the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy is working in the regions.
The Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS) was developed by the State Government with the aim to provide local businesses with full, fair and reasonable opportunities to access and perform WA supply contracts.
Crothers Construction was recently awarded the tender for the $20 million project, which includes a new two-storey teaching block; refurbishments to existing buildings and external landscaping and car parking works.
Under WAIPS, Crothers Construction is required to outline how it plans to generate local economic benefits and opportunities to local industry, plus job opportunities including apprenticeships and traineeships, as part of the tender process.
The State Government will monitor Crothers Construction WAIPS commitment throughout the project to ensure the benefits to locals are realised.
The project, which is expected to be complete in late 2020, will support almost 360 WA workers, with more than 200 from within the Kimberley region, including apprentices and trainees.
Not only with the Broome Senior High School project support local jobs, it will also boost the local economy which is another objective of WAIPS.
Around $10.5 million worth of subcontractor opportunities will be available as part of the project for Kimberley-based businesses.
Major packages of works include hydraulic, mechanical and electrical services, bricklaying, cabinetry and structural steel work plus various supply of materials such as concrete, windows and doors, providing opportunities for local businesses to be involved in the project.
Education Minister Sue Ellery said the upgrades to the school would benefit the local community and provided great learning facilities for the local kids.
"It is also encouraging that through WAIPS, the upgrades to the schools will be delivered for the Broome community by local Broome based businesses,” she said.