Vic­tory for new train­ing cen­tre

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS at Vic­tory Col­lege in Gympie will cook up new ca­reer paths with a new Hos­pi­tal­ity Cen­tre and class­rooms, thanks to fund­ing from the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment.

The fund­ing was an­nounced yes­ter­day un­der dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances, by Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Si­mon Birm­ing­ham and Wide Bay MP Llew O’Brien.

A par­lia­men­tary sit­ting pre­vented ei­ther from be­ing present, but Mr O’Brien’s wife, Sharon O’Brien wel­comed the chance to rep­re­sent her hus­band, say­ing it was “all part of be­ing mar­ried to a politi­cian.”

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment con­trib­uted $355,000 through the Cap­i­tal Grants Pro­gram to­wards the $1,565,284 project, which was used to con­struct a Hos­pi­tal­ity Cen­tre, in­clud­ing a cook­ing room, a prepa­ra­tion area, an of­fice, a cool room, stor­age, a wash-up area, a ve­randa and a sec­ondary class­room.

But dis­tance did not pre­vent Mr O’Brien from con­grat­u­lat­ing the school and its com­mu­nity sup­port­ers.

“The Hos­pi­tal­ity Cen­tre will al­low stu­dents to gain prac­ti­cal skills that will help them get a job in the fast-paced and grow­ing hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try, as well as en­cour­ag­ing them to ex­pand their ev­ery­day knowl­edge of cook­ing and food hy­giene,” he said in a pre­pared state­ment.

The fund­ing was also used to build new pri­mary school fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing two class­rooms, two with­drawal ar­eas, a stor­age area, two out­door learn­ing ar­eas, an out­door cov­ered lunch area and a ve­randa.

“This fund­ing will also cre­ate an im­proved en­vi­ron­ment for the younger stu­dents to learn and play, with new class­rooms, a lunch area and out­door learn­ing ar­eas.”

The Cap­i­tal Grants Pro­gram pro­vides in­fra­struc­ture cap­i­tal for non-gov­ern­ment schools to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture where they oth­er­wise may not have enough money.

Mr Birm­ing­ham said stu­dents and the whole school com­mu­nity would ben­e­fit from th­ese new fa­cil­i­ties.

PHOTO: ARTHUR GOR­RIE

HOS­PI­TAL­ITY: Vic­tory Col­lege barista and in­struc­tor Dy­lan Costin with stu­dent Chanelle He­hir work un­der pres­sure to keep up with the or­ders from 30 guests at the new Vic­tory Col­lege hos­pi­tal­ity wing open­ing yes­ter­day.

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