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25 January 2001

Lightning Ridge Central School Upgrade Completed

Construction of the $3.07 million upgrade of Lightning Ridge Central School has been completed on schedule for the return of students for the new school year, the Minister of Public Works and Services, Morris Iemma has announced.

Mr lemma said a Sydney-based firm, Waller Constructions Pty Ltd of Brookvale completed the project on time and to budget, with many local trades and businesses benefiting from the sub contracting work.

'The project has provided a substantial boost to the local economy and created job opportunities in the area," he said."

About 80 people were involved in the project, with the bulk of work carried out by local trades and firms.
"For example, local firms from Lightning Ridge supplied bricklaying, carpentry and general labouring work and building materials."

-Mr lemma said the students and staff would greatly benefit from the improved facilities at the school. "The project comprised the construction of an administration block, and a technology and applied studies block and workshop,"he said.

The new buildings replace demountable accommodation and are located at the front of the school site facing Kaolin Street.
The administration block is adjacent to the car park whilst the technology and applied sciences block is adjacent to the existing TAFE building.
The project was managed by the Department of Public Works and Services on behalf of the Department of Education and Training.

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