School unveils impressive new upgrade
ALMOST two years to the day since arsonists set fire to Biloela State High School, the community got the first look at the state-of-the-art replacement.
In October 2016, a blaze deliberately lit by two juveniles destroyed the two-storey C Block, which housed the school’s gym, science labs, three classrooms and staff offices.
Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher was thrilled to officially open the $3.35 million upgrade to his former school at a ceremony on Saturday.
Biloela unveiled its modern science laboratories, gymnasium and refurbished hospitality kitchen and trade workshop at an open day.
The new P Block will accommodate up to 16 teachers, three heads of department and a soon-to-be-completed outdoor learning space.
Dignitaries, staff, students and parents turned out to tour the new facilities.
Mr Butcher praised the tight-knit community’s resilience and said he was delighted to open the new building.
“We’re here today to celebrate this new building and the bright future of all students at Biloela State High School,” he told the crowd.
“You have pulled together marvellously and embraced this project.
“There’s nothing like modern facilities to help students achieve their goals and ambitions.”
CUTTING EDGE: Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher and Biloela SHS principal Heather Murray admire the new science laboratories.