This initiative will deliver a refurbishment plan for repurposing the former Dunwich State Secondary School to become the Minjerribah Education, Employment and Training Centre (MEET Hub).
The hub will provide a modern venue for delivering education, training and employment on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).
Funding for stage one of the refurbishment plan is being provided as part of the North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy (NSI ETS). Project lead Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) is pursuing opportunities for additional funding through the public and private sector for the project's second stage, construction.
The planned refurbishment will provide a fit-for-purpose facility with mobility access that contributes to the growth of the island's education, training and employment sectors.
It will provide accommodation and storage space for QYAC's corporate and business services, rangers, the Quandamooka Festival team as well as office space for island businesses and service providers looking to connect employers with job seekers, students and Centrelink.
QYAC and Cox Architecture have developed a Quandamooka Design philosophy that celebrates, embeds and interweaves the Quandamooka foundations of Healthy Country, Healthy People and Healthy Culture into this and other NSI ETS projects.
The project closely aligns with the:
As project lead, QYAC:
- has prepared a project plan and detailed program of works outlining how the refurbishment will support delivery of education and training
- has developed a detailed and costed design for the proposed works, including development stages that can be implemented as funds become available
- will obtain the necessary approvals to allow construction works to proceed
- will prepare documentation for tender and works packages to identify a suitable contractor to undertake the first stage of construction works
- will engage a contractor to undertake the first stage construction work.
Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC)
Department of Education
Expected economic benefits
- Create employment and income for island residents through construction, education, training, administration and maintenance jobs.
- Provide education sector providers with a fit-for-purpose education venue (the MEET Hub) for hire and use.
- Reduce student travel costs and time by providing an on-island facility for residents looking to access education, training and employment assistance services.
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 community participation in education and training, enabled through the facility’s accessible design.
Expected cultural and environmental benefits
- Increased exchange and sharing of knowledge about Quandamooka culture, heritage and environmental management, and the island’s unique natural environment.
Project achievements to date
- Initial project plan submitted.
- Initial discussions undertaken with the Department of Education.
- Workshops undertaken with current facility users to discuss priorities for potential future use.
- Project plan finalised.
- Cox Architecture appointed to prepare design concepts and detailed costings.
- QYAC and Cox Architecture discussions with key stakeholders.
- Draft architectural plans (a Project Definition Plan) and other planning documentation submitted.
- Hosted an information stall at key Quandamooka Festival events.
Project next steps
- Further community consultation/information sessions.
- Refine plans and develop tender documents for the first stage of construction.
- Manage development approval process.
- Select a contractor.
- First stage refurbishment construction.
- Meet ongoing project reporting requirements and milestones.