Training organisation Tec-NQ is set to replace and expand its flood-damaged Rosslea base after news of a $3.25 million grant.
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart announced the funding under the Queensland Independent Schools Block Grant Authority.
It will set the ball rolling for Tec-NQ to pursue the remainder of the money needed for the $7 million project, with some of the costs expected to be covered by insurance.
Tec-NQ provides a range of training and educational programs including senior school, boarding school, full-time apprentice training and industry upskilling.
Tec-NQ manager, strategic projects, Jennifer Trybula, said the college was planning to demolish the existing Rosslea residential facility, which had been devastated by the Townsville floods in February.
“We had significant floodwaters through there,” she said.
“We have had to relocate our 32 boarding students to temporary accommodation and we have incurred costs associated with that.”
The flood-damaged building had provided boarding accommodation for high school students and for apprentices from regional areas who were training at Tec-NQ’s Douglas campus.
Hopes for early 2020 kick-off for construction
Ms Trybula said Stage 1 of the new development was planned to include 42 boarding student beds as well as classrooms and a kitchen and dining area.
“Stage 2 will add an additional 20 beds for boarding students,” she said.
Construction is hoped to begin in early 2020.
The upgrade will allow Tec-NQ to expand the service it offers at Rosslea through the addition of general learning areas.
“We’re looking at introducing new trades that the new building will be purpose-built for including health and hospitality,” Ms Trybula said.
The Tec-NQ senior school, based in Douglas, allows regional and remote students from across Queensland to access training and work experience in the construction, automotive, engineering, information technology and electrical trades.
The boarding school has enabled regional students to secure apprenticeships in Brisbane, Emerald, Normanton, Mornington Island and Cairns.