BALLARAT builder H. Troon Pty Ltd has had its second big win this month, announced as the successful tender to upgrade the Miners Rest Primary School.
Just days after being named as the building for Delacombe Primary School's new basketball stadium, H. Troon Pty Ltd will now be in charge of the more than $15 million development which plans to greatly increase the current Miners Rest Primary School.
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The redevelopment plans include 10 new classrooms, new entry and administration, arts room, music room, food tech facilities, kitchen veggie garden and landscaped open play areas.
There will also be a new competition grade gymnasium and football oval which will be used by the community after school hours.
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The school's enrolment has trebled over the past nine years to about 450 pupils bursting the seams of the 1.6 hectare site, where schools of comparable size are on about 3.5 hectares.
The school crush has put pressure on playgrounds, classrooms, car parking and roads surrounding the school resulting in a growing number of potentially dangerous incidents.
The school currently has 16 classes and no space for a 17th despite numbers growing an average of one class a year.
The new site will annex about 3.6 hectares next to the existing school making it about 5.2 hectares overall - about the same size as new secondary college sites according to Miners Rest Primary School principal Dale Power.
Western Victoria MP Jaala Pulford,said the upgrade would deliver a 21st century education to pupils in Miners Rest..
"Upgrading Miners Rest Primary School will give local students access to great classrooms and facilities - because you can't deliver a first-rate education in second-rate classrooms," Ms Pulford said.
The Miners Rest Primary School development was a state election commitment. $4.5 million was budgeted for a masterplan in 2018. The full commitment was announced in August last year.
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