Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - PHOTO: Jamie Kron­borg

MYRTLE­FORD P12 Col­lege as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Barry Holden (cen­tre) and Carter Holt Har­vey Myrtle­ford fa­cil­ity man­ager Ross Bar­low (right) on Fri­day pre­viewed a CHH first-time prod­uct fit-out at the col­lege’s new se­nior learn­ing cen­tre with CHH qual­ity com­pli­ance co-or­di­na­tor John Raoss. A gen­er­ous col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween col­lege and com­pany has de­liv­ered wall and utility space fin­ishes for a new se­nior learn­ing cen­tre and, in an older build­ing, a new home eco­nom­ics room, new li­brary space and re­fur­bished can­teen as fea­tures of a $2.6 mil­lion Vic­to­rian gov­ern­ment-funded de­vel­op­ment on the cam­pus.

MYRTLE­FORD P12 Col­lege stu­dents and staff ex­pect to use a new $2.6 mil­lion se­nior learn­ing cen­tre and new li­brary space, new home eco­nom­ics room and re­fur­bished can­teen within weeks.

Col­lege prin­ci­pal Zlatko Pear and as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Barry Holden on Fri­day of­fered a pre­view of the near-com­pleted cam­pus works, which have fea­tured a gen­er­ous col­lab­o­ra­tion with Myrtle­ford wood prod­ucts man­u­fac­turer Carter Holt Har­vey.

CHH has sup­plied the col­lege with a first-time prod­uct – stan­dard struc­tural ply­wood with a dec­o­ra­tive ve­neer for wall and utility space fin­ishes.

CHH Myrtle­ford fa­cil­ity man­ager Ross Bar­low said the ma­te­rial was an ex­ten­sion of the com­pany’s stan­dard ply­wood con­structed from pine and the col­lege had been the first of its cus­tomers to use the ma­te­rial, on which de­vel­op­ment con­tin­ues.

Mr Holden said the col­lege had worked up an idea that col­lab­o­ra­tion could be good for both par­ties – giv­ing the school use of a con­tem­po­rary and stylish hard-wear­ing ma­te­rial and the CHH a way to show its ap­pli­ca­tion on a com­mer­cial scale to po­ten­tial cus­tomers.

“It cer­tainly was a mu­tual ar­range­ment where we were given some ca­pac­ity with the com­mer­cial ef­fi­ciency of the prod­uct and we ex­clu­sively used it in this par­tic­u­lar build­ing con­tract,” Mr Holden said.

“We’re very happy with the way it’s turned out – a good prod­uct, great trades­peo­ple and some op­por­tu­nity for CHH to show other clients or po­ten­tial clients through our build­ings where this dec­o­ra­tive ma­te­rial has been ap­plied.

“This is what can be achieved if you get peo­ple work­ing to­gether.”

Mr Holden, who over­saw the works for the col­lege, said the P12 cam­pus was the place in Myrtle­ford where most fam­i­lies gath­ered ev­ery day of the week.

“As Zlatko says, we have more peo­ple on this site at one time than any­where else in Myrtle­ford,” he said.

“We like to in­volve the com­mu­nity as much as we pos­si­bly can in ev­ery­thing that we do.

Mr Pear said the new de­vel­op­ment and re­de­vel­op­ment would give the P12 com­mu­nity “a new, state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity and new learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments that our stu­dents can be proud of”.

“It’s a flex­i­ble area and it’s a ben­e­fit to our kids,” he said.

The cam­pus has a 300-strong stu­dent pop­u­la­tion and the new se­nior learn­ing cen­tre has a ca­pac­ity for about 120 chil­dren.

The changes have been three years in the mak­ing.

Browns of Wan­garatta was the build­ing con­trac­tor.

TEAM­WORK: Myrtle­ford P12 Col­lege as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Barry Holden (left) and Browns of Wan­garatta site man­ager Mark Tay­lor have worked with Browns’ project man­ager Den­nis Backas (ab­sent) to de­liver a new se­nior learn­ing cen­tre and sig­nif­i­cant re­fur­bish­ments at the col­lege cam­pus. PHOTO: Jamie Kron­borg

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