Wangetti school re­opens

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Wangetti cam­pus of Djar­ra­gun Col­lege has re­opened its doors with a new direc­tor and fa­cil­i­ties to in­ject life back into the once-trou­bled school.

The cam­pus has been closed for six months af­ter the school was al­legedly paid $3 mil­lion by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment for stu­dents who were not en­rolled.

Wangetti’s head of cam­pus Mark Shrimp­ton said the school is aim­ing for a fresh start with the help of Cape York Part­ner­ships which took over the school.

“With the Cape York Part­ner­ship un­der the lead­er­ship of Noel Pear­son, we have a fresh start,” he said.

“We’re now an in­dige­nous school with in­dige­nous lead­er­ship and own­er­ship and sub­stan­tial back­ing.

“Our stu­dents now have the ca­pac­ity to forge links and build a path­way into in­dus­try with com­pa­nies in­volved in the Queens­land re­sources boom and path­ways to fu­ture em­ploy­ment.”

School starts for stu­dents to­mor­row and they will be able to utilise the new train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, land­scaped gar­dens and a 22m pool funded by the Queens­land Depart­ment of Sports and Re­cre­ation.

The new fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a trade train­ing cen­tre with an up­graded con­struc­tion and au­to­mo­tive work­shop and the hos­pi­tal­ity area has been ex­tended with an in­dus­trial train­ing kitchen with cool-rooms, toi­let/ chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties, chef’s of­fice and a train­ing room.

Stu­dents un­der su­per­vi­sion also help ser­vice school ve­hi­cles, strip and re­build en­gines, make ta­bles and chairs, strip floors, lay con­crete and com­plete land­scap­ing at the cam­pus.

“I’m very op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture,” Mr Shrimp­ton said.

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