The Queensland Government will create a visionary new education and training precinct at Innisfail, expanding and transforming the Innisfail TAFE site into a $36.7 million learning community in which secondary, vocational, special and adult education students will share new and re-modelled buildings.
Integrating the high school and TAFE has benefits, at a time when increasing numbers of secondary students are undertaking school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.
In addition to transforming existing TAFE buildings, the campus will be expanded by 1.15 hectares to add new facilities - including centres for sport and the performing arts - that would also be available for community use.
A new purpose-built Innisfail Inclusive Education Centre and opportunities for adult learning will also be part of the new precinct.
The project, part of the State Schools of Tomorrow initiative, will involve:
In planning the precinct, the State Government consulted extensively. Residents expressed their enthusiasm for the TAFE option at many briefings and two open public meetings. It is anticipated that all facilities will be completed for the start of the 2010 school year.
The performing arts centre will also receive an upgrade so it can double as a cyclone shelter, making it a place of safety for the community in the event of a natural disaster.
The State Government will be working closely with other agencies, including the local council, to deliver the revitalised campus.