Wodonga Senior Secondary College’s refurbished hall facilities will benefit students, sporting and community clubs and provide an economic boost to the region once completed next year.
Minister for Regionalisation, Regional Communications and Regional Education and Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie inspected progress on the project today.
The $8.35 million project received $5 million from the Liberal and Nationals Government, with Wodonga Senior Secondary College contributing the rest.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Government is committed to projects that contribute to local economies and create jobs.
“The project will enable Wodonga Senior Secondary College to provide, high-standard community use spaces for the purposes of sport, theatre, dance, music, and wider local and community use. Projects such as this are helping to secure Australia’s world-leading economic recovery,” he said.
Minister McKenzie said the project supported 60 jobs during construction and created another seven ongoing jobs.
“The refurbished hall will provide space for the school to deliver the core curriculum subjects of physical education and the arts, while also providing an assembly and function space,” she said.
“The project will also benefit the broader region by attracting visitors to the area to attend events. With the boost to people moving to the regions following the pandemic, it is increasingly vital to have top-rate facilities for functions in regional areas such as Wodonga.”
The refurbishment works included upgrading building entrance, replacing the roof, refurbishing and upgrading toilet facilities, refurbishing the stage and flooring, new seating, and upgraded electrical fittings and fixtures.