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Investing in children and creating jobs

Work on the new $12.7 million science facility at Taminmin College has begun, creating 200 jobs throughout the duration of the project.

The two-storey building will increase the school’s capacity to cater for 1,500 students and will include contemporary science equipment and eight additional classrooms.

Northern Territory Minister for Education Eva Lawler said the new building supports the teaching and learning of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects in the school.

It also provides an important boost to the local construction industry.

“The Territory Government is improving school facilities right across the Territory and ensuring that every student has access to a high-quality education,” Ms Lawler said.

“The new facility will provide an environment that caters for our senior students and supports them to learn important skills for the future.

“Children are at the heart of the Territory Government’s decision making – investing in our children is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do.

“Importantly, this project also creates jobs for Territorians, not only will we produce a great new facility, but 200 local jobs will be created at a time when they are needed most.”

Principal of Taminmin College, Miriam McDonald said the new STEM building will be a wonderful asset to Taminmin students.

“The building will be a terrific showpiece with additional classrooms, modern science labs, indoor and outdoor learning areas, break out areas, maker spaces, and a balcony for studying astronomy,” Ms McDonald said.

“The new building will give our students access to modern, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to best prepare them for future careers.”

Ms Lawler also said the recent Territory Budget confirmed that every Territory school will receive $300,000 for upgrades.

“As part of Budget 17 the Territory Government is investing $141.7 million in school infrastructure, including the first year of the Building Better Schools program which will see every Territory school receive $300,000 for upgrades over the term of government.”

Territory company Probuild NT was awarded the construction tender.

Works are expected to be completed in early 2018.

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