Hon. Peter Chandler
Minister for Education
The Top End will see construction commence on the new $12.9 million, purpose-built facility for the Northern Territory Open Education Centre (NTOEC), providing flexible distance study options for over 600 Territory students.
Minister for Education Peter Chandler said students from the NTOEC will benefit from a purpose built facility that is co-located with a full-service secondary school.
“The NTOEC is a crucial part of Territory education that uses up-to-date technology to remotely deliver lessons to students right across the Territory,” Mr Chandler said.
“With the Country Liberals Government’s push to improve outcomes in our remote and regional schools the centre’s role will become increasingly significant.
“Many students and remote and regional schools depend on the NTOEC to effectively deliver a wide ranging secondary program.”
Construction has commenced in the grounds of Darwin High School, forming part of the Bullocky Point education precinct and includes a $3 million capital contribution from the INPEX operated Ichthys LNG Project.
A further $300,000 from the Ichthys LNG Project will support remote skills training packages and skills training delivered by the NTOEC to students in remote communities.
General Manager of INPEX in Darwin, Sean Kildare said INPEX and our joint venture partners are committed to delivering benefits from the Ichthys Project to the Northern Territory community.
“This world-class facility is a great example of how we can contribute to improved education outcomes now and for generations to come,” he said.
Mr Chandler said the new 2100msq, three-storey building will provide state of the art premises and technology to meet the specialist educational needs of senior secondary students accessing learning through distance.
“The new facility will also provide a new business administration area for Darwin High School and serve as the front entrance to Darwin High School and the NTOEC to welcome parents and visitors to Bullocky Point Education Precinct,” Mr Chandler said.
“This is an exciting project for the students of the Territory and as I’ve said before I would love to see the NTOEC expand its use both in the Territory and to Asia.
“The NTOEC is not only a long time coming, with many unfunded promises from previous governments, it will ultimately lead to improved outcomes for students.
“Territory students are our future and we are a government that works hard for all students no matter where they live,” Mr Chandler said.
The tender for the construction of the building has been awarded to Territory contractor Probuild NT Pty Ltd and the project is expected to be complete in July 2016.
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