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Building begins on SA space school upgrade

Construction works have begun on the second permanent planetarium in South Australia, as part of a $9.2 million upgrade at Hamilton Secondary College.

The upgrade, which is set to create 22 new jobs, aims to help the school continue its development as a leader in the space education field and build on its strong STEM focus.

It will also include a new performing arts centre featuring a 152 seat theatre, major refurbishment of the existing music and drama building, refurbishment of the resource centre, air conditioning and acoustic upgrades for one of school’s buildings, heating and insulation in the gymnasium and upgrades to the school’s frontage facing Marion Road.

Education Minister John Gardner, who visited the site, said the build at Hamilton Secondary College was one of a kind.

“Hamilton Secondary College is widely known as a leader in space and STEM education and the construction of only the state’s second permanent planetarium will enhance this reputation and will hopefully inspire more young people to pursue a career in the space industry,” Gardner said.

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“With shovels in the ground on so many schools building projects across the state, our record-breaking $1.3 billion education build is meeting a range of needs across our education system while providing a massive jobs boost for South Australia.

“We are lifting capacity for schools in areas with rapidly growing public school enrolments, improving facilities across the state that sorely need it, and ensuring that Year 7 transitions into high school.

“With more than 100 school building projects set to be delivered across the state, we are providing a solid pipeline of construction jobs over the coming years while we build what matters for South Australians.”

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