The State Government’s $8.4 million upgrade to Southern River College is now complete.
A key election commitment of the McGowan Government, the upgrades to the college included a new sports hall, eight new courts for basketball, tennis and netball, refurbishment of the science and STEM facilities, a lecture theatre for 120 students and a performing arts centre with seating capacity for 250 people.
The scope of the works also saw a $250,000 upgrade to the specialist autism program centre.
The college upgrades, completed by ADCO Constructions, is one of the nine State Government pilot projects under the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS).
Under the strategy, prospective suppliers of government contracts are now required to submit participation plans as part of their tender, outlining their commitments to engage local workers.
The project was one of the first awarded under WAIPS, which directly or indirectly employed 400 workers, including 53 apprentices.
Premier Mark McGowan said the upgrades to the Southern River College would enhance the students’ education.
“My Government is committed to creating local jobs and improving infrastructure in Western Australian public schools, which is why I’m pleased so many local workers and apprentices carried out this project,” he said.
“As one of our key election commitments, this is a win – win situation, with local workers, local businesses and local students all benefitting from the upgrades to Southern River College.”