This initiative will refurbish and repurpose the existing Dunwich State Secondary School to provide a hub for education and training on North Stradbroke Island including a modern resource and information centre.
The refurbishment is fully funded by the North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy and will result in a fit for purpose facility that will contribute to the growth of the education and training sector of the Island's economy. It will be designed for accessibility and will include an education and recreation facility for people with a disability from South East Queensland. It may include adult training such as online and video-on-demand courses.
The facility will be linked with the proposed Minjerribah Cultural Centre and facilities for ranger training and development, and will encourage a broader range of students to remain on North Stradbroke Island to complete further education.
The facility will also be used as office space for island businesses and service providers connecting employers with job seekers and students. It will also become the headquarters for Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) corporate and business services.
As project lead, QYAC will:
- prepare a project plan and a detailed program of works outlining how the project will provide a hub for education and training on the island including a modern resource and information centre
- develop a detailed and costed design for the proposed works
- obtain the necessary approvals to allow construction or refurbishment to proceed
- prepare tender and works packages documentation for a process to identify a suitable contractor to undertake the work
- engage a contractor to undertake construction work.
Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC)
Stage 1: $250,000 (Total project funding: $1,000,000)
Department of Education and Training
Expected economic benefits
- Create employment and income for island residents through construction and education jobs
- Reduce student travel costs and time as residents need not travel off the island to access further education.
Expected social benefits
- Develop community capability and skills through new training opportunities in areas such as business, hospitality, tourism and environmental and cultural management
- Greater participation by the community, including people with a disability, in education and training due to accessible design of the facility.
Expected cultural and environmental benefits
- Increased exchange and sharing of knowledge about Quandamooka culture, heritage and environmental management, as well as the island’s unique natural environment through linking the facility with the Minjerribah Cultural Centre.
Project achievements to date
- Submission of initial project plan
- On-island education providers and the Department of Education discussions regarding partnership opportunities and other ideas
- Internal workshops with current facility users to discuss priorities for potential use
Project next steps
- Finalise project brief
- Stakeholders update
- Issue tender documents to potential consultants
- Community information session later in 2017
- Ongoing project reporting requirements and milestones.