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State government invests in schooling redevelopment

19 Feb 14

South Australia's state government has successfully chosen the recipients of two major school infrastructure projects, which are a part of a $337 million commitment to help develop the state's education sector. 

Local company A J Chappell Pty Ltd has been chosen to undertake the $4.2 million upgrade of Windsor Gardens Vocational College. Education and Child Development Minister Jennifer Rankine said the redevelopment would include - but wasn't limited to - new classrooms that will "replicate a typical work place". 

"The College helps young people, including those who have returned to school to pursue their chosen education, training and employment pathway," said Ms Rankine in a February 14 statement. 

Furthermore, a new complex will be made for state-of-the-art music facilities, modern classrooms and a new technology studies section, with the aim of helping South Australian students strive towards their potential. 

"By expanding the College we are helping 530 students to develop the skills to prepare for the rest of their lives," said Ms Rankine. 

Furthermore, ISIS Group Australia Pty Ltd has received the contract to deliver the third stage of a $17.95 million redevelopment of Marryatville High School, which includes the refurbishment of the buildings, as well as the construction of additional car parks. These changes are being made to accommodate an additional 200 students, including a new science area and student services area. 

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the state's commitment to infrastructure development was working towards building a stronger South Australia, which he describes as a win-win situation. 

"We are building better public schools for our children while also providing opportunities for local contractors to bid for work, boosting the economy and creating jobs for South Australians," said Mr Koutsantonis in a February 14 statement. 

"Currently we have 117 school infrastructure projects underway, which are generating around 2000 jobs." 

These types of building developments may help encourage future investment in the region, which could benefit those taking real estate courses to further their careers in the industry.