C.3 Capital Works

Overview

In 2014-15, the Directorate delivered a significant capital works program, totalling $55.8 million, following on from the $64.3 million program in 2013-14 and $90.2 million program delivered in 2012-13.

Highlights for the year include the commencement of construction of the new primary school in Coombs and the opening of the new Canberra College Cares (CCCares) and Tuggeranong Introductory English Centre facilities. Modernisation works at Belconnen High School were also progressed with the demolition of a disused school building.

All major projects were either completed or were on target to be delivered by the scheduled completion date.

New Schools

Primary School in Coombs

Construction work on the new primary school in Coombs commenced in November 2014 and is progressing well with the school on schedule to open for the start of the 2016 school year. The school will provide the first community facilities in the Molonglo Valley. This will include community meeting rooms, a school hall with a multi-sport court and community storage areas, facilities for before and after school care and a community playing field.

The school will provide modern educational facilities including designated learning spaces for preschool to year 6 students, curriculum enrichment spaces, a multi-purpose resource centre, a canteen and outdoor learning and play areas. The project is being delivered under a Design Construct Maintain construction methodology which has allowed innovation in the design and construction stages to deliver a value for money outcome for the Territory.

School Improvements

Canberra College Cares Facility

Construction of the purpose-built facility for Canberra College Cares (CCCares) on the Phillip campus of Canberra College was completed during the reporting period. The CCCares program supports pregnant and parenting students to continue their secondary school education.

The new facility includes childcare, health and counselling facilities as well as a gathering and learning space. It is integrated into the college site, allowing CCCares students to undertake mainstream learning programs at the college as well as allowing other students to access the vocational education training facilities in the CCCares building.

Belconnen High School Modernisation - Stage 1

Construction work on the Stage 1 Belconnen High School modernisation project commenced with the demolition of a disused school building. Works to relocate the arts and music facilities at the school were also completed in the reporting period.

Designs for an outdoor learning and play space were completed with construction tenders invited during the reporting period. These works are scheduled to be completed for the start of the 2016 school year.

Concept planning for the Stage 2 modernisation works was also completed during the reporting period. This will include major refurbishments to the student learning and teaching spaces, further outdoor works and a new school administration building.

Tuggeranong Introductory English Centre

Construction work on the purpose-built Tuggeranong Introductory English Centre on the Wanniassa Hills Primary School site was completed in April 2015. This facility will provide primary school-aged students newly arrived to Australia and Canberra intensive English tuition before returning to the ‘home' primary schools. The centre is also available for out-of-school hours use for adult English tuition.

Trade Skills Centre - Belconnen Network

The Australian Government approved a grant in January 2013 to establish the Belconnen Trade Skills Centre in the Belconnen school network. At the end of the reporting period, new facilities were close to completion at University of Canberra Secondary College Lake Ginninderra, Hawker College, Kingsford Smith School and Canberra High School. These facilities will be available to the schools during the second semester of the 2015 school year.

Planning and design work had been completed on the new facilities at a further four secondary school sites in the Belconnen network - Melba Copland Secondary School (Melba and Copland sites), University of Canberra High School Kaleen and Belconnen High School. Construction work will commence early in term 3, 2015 with works scheduled to be completed ready for the start of the 2016 school year.

Sustainable Learning Trade Training Centre - Tuggeranong Network

Final works were completed on the trade training centre facilities in the Tuggeranong school network with the completion of the metal and automotive workshops at Lake Tuggeranong College. These facilities were funded under an Australian Government grant approved in December 2011 to establish the Tuggeranong Sustainable Learning Trade Training Centre.

Preschool Expansions

Work to upgrade and provide an additional playroom at Campbell Preschool was completed in November 2014 and the expansion and upgrading of the Latham Preschool was completed in April 2015. These works complete this program.

Childcare Centres

ACT Government childcare assets transferred to the ACT Property Group in the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate on 1 February 2015.

Prior to the transfer, expansion and upgrade works were completed at the Forrest, Appletree and Treehouse in the Park centres. Designs for the expansion of the Bunyarra and Salem centres and designs for the upgrade of Totom House centre were also completed during the reporting period.

Building works on the extension of the Gungahlin Children's Centre were also commenced in early 2015.

Capital Upgrades Program

School Upgrades and New School Facilities

Works completed in the 2014-15 year included:

  • the upgrade of a classroom for high needs students at Black Mountain School, including the installation of a track lifting system for mobility impaired students;
  • the relocation, extension and upgrade of classroom buildings to provide additional teaching spaces, toilet facilities and an expanded library area at Cranleigh School;
  • the relocation and refurbishment of classroom buildings to expand Ngunnawal Primary School;
  • finalisation of works for the relocation and refurbishment of classroom buildings to expand Amaroo School;
  • the refurbishment of a science classroom at Alfred Deakin High School;
  • roof replacement works at Canberra High School, including the installation of ceiling insulation;
  • a staffroom expansion and upgrade at Macquarie Primary School;
  • a staffroom upgrade and the conversion of a hall to create two classrooms at North Ainslie Primary School;
  • the upgrade of two art rooms at Campbell Primary School;
  • the refurbishment of the canteen and the creation of a hospitality learning space at Arawang Primary School;
  • the refurbishment of a food technology classroom at Caroline Chisholm School;
  • toilet upgrades at Charnwood-Dunlop, Forrest, Gilmore and Hughes Primary Schools;
  • carpark expansions at Majura Primary School, with expansion works well progressed at Duffy and Macgregor Primary Schools;
  • the installation of perimeter security fences at Arawang, Duffy and Mawson Primary Schools, with modifications and expansions to existing fences at the O'Connor Co-Operative School, Wanniassa Hills and Yarralumla Primary Schools and the University of Canberra Secondary College Lake Ginninderra;
  • security upgrades at Majura and Yarralumla Primary Schools and Amaroo, Harrison, Kingsford Smith and Namadgi Schools; and
  • the installation of digital signs at Red Hill Primary School, Mount Stromlo High School, Telopea Park School and Canberra, Dickson and Narrabundah Colleges.

Design work on major refurbishments to Curtin Primary School was also commenced during the reporting period.

Building Compliance Upgrades

Building compliance upgrades and modifications completed during the reporting period included:

  • new lifts installed at Canberra High School and Ainslie Primary School;
  • the upgrade of an accessible toilet at Richardson Primary School;
  • modifications to a stair lift at Telopea Park School; and
  • general access works at Bonython, Torrens and Wanniassa Hills Primary Schools, Wanniassa School and Cranleigh School.

School Infrastructure Improvements

Masterplans were prepared for The Woden School, Aranda Primary School and the O'Connor Co-Operative School in preparation for planned upgrade and expansion works in future years.

Infrastructure works for information communications and technology (ICT) facilities were undertaken at Latham, Ngunnawal and Richardson Primary Schools, Amaroo, Gold Creek and Wanniassa Schools, Melba Copland Secondary School and Narrabundah College.

Environmental Sustainability

As capital works are undertaken at public schools, including new facilities, building upgrades and refurbishments, opportunities are taken to improve the energy efficiency and water conservation of these spaces. A total of $1.112 million was allocated from the schools capital upgrades program during the reporting period to support the Directorate's strategic priorities for environmental sustainability initiatives.

Refer to Section B9 for an overview of the projects and policies implemented during the 2014-15 reporting period.

Capital Works Schedules

The Directorate's capital works management program for 2014-15, detailing the completed projects and works still in progress at the year end is shown in Table C3.1.

Table C3.1: Capital works management 2014-15

New Capital Works

Project Original
Project
Value
$'000
Revised
Project
Value
$'000
Prior
Year Exp.
$'000
Actual
Finance
2014-
2015
$'000
Actual
Exp.
2014-
2015
$'000
Total
Exp to
Date
$'000
Estimated
completion
date
Actual
completion
date
Project
Approval
Year
Belconnen
Region
Schools -
Modernisation
250 250 0 250 250 250 Jun-15 Jun-15 2014-15
Hazardous
Material
Removal
Program -
Stage 3
3,000 3,000 0 728 728 728 Jun-17   2014-15

Capital Upgrades

Project Original
Project
Value
$'000
Revised
Project
Value
$'000
Prior
Year Exp.
$'000
Actual
Finance
2014-
2015
$'000
Actual
Exp.
2014-
2015
$'000
Total
Exp. to
Date
$'000
Estimated
completion
date
Actual
completion
date
Project
Approval
Year
Older
School
Upgrades
1,200 1,200 0 1,252 1,358 1,358 Jun-15 Jun-15 2014-15
Excellence
and
Enterprise
1,400 1,400 0 1,764 1,755 1,755 Jun-15 Jun-15 2014-15
New
School
Facilities
0 0 0 559 194 194 Jun-15 Jun-15 2014-15
School
Infrastructure
Improvements
7,050 4,650 0 4,941 6,508 6,508 Jun-15 Jun-15 2014-15
Building
Compliance
Upgrades
1,780 1,780 0 1,917 1,908 1,908 Jun-15 Jun-15 2014-15
School
Security
Improvements
856 856 0 674 705 705 Jun-15 Jun-15 2014-15
School
Safety
Improvements
1,870 1,870 0 1,537 1,516 1,516 Jun-15 Jun-15 2014-15
Environmentally
Sustainable
Design
Initiatives
1,112 1,112 0 1,050 1,120 1,120 Jun-15 Jun-15 2014-15
School
Joint
Funded
Projects
0 1,000 0 735 854 854 Jun-15 Jun-15 2014-15
Total
New
Works
18,518 17,118 0 15,407 16,896 16,896    

Work in Progress

Project Original
Project
Value
$'000
Revised
Project
Value
$'000
Prior
Year Exp
$'000
Actual
Finance
2014-15
$'000
Actual
Exp.
2014-15
$'000
Total
Exp. to
Date
$'000
Estimated
completion
date
Actual
completion
date
Project
Approval
Year
Belconnen
High School
Modernisation
- Stage 1
2,000 2,000 132 1,157 1,265 1,397 Jun-15 - 2013-14
Canberra
College
Cares -
New Building
at Phillip
Campus
14,000 14,000 4,260 8,613 8,610 12,870 Feb-15 Feb-15 2013-14
Carbon
Neutral
Schools -
Stage 1
3,500 3,500 983 1,707 1,480 2,463 Jun-16 - 2012-13
COAG
Universal
Access to
Preschools -
Stage 1
Expansion
Works
6,200 6,200 4,881 1,274 1,295 6,176 Apr-14 Jun-15 2011-12
Coombs
P-6 School
Construction
Funding
0 43,410 19 17,750 17,754 17,773 Jan-16 - 2013-14
Belconnen
Trade Skill
Centre
8,120 8,120 65 2,269 2,276 2,341 Jun-16   2013-14
Sustainable
Learning Trade
Training Centre -
Tuggeranong
10,207 8,301 6,142 2,203 2,083 8,225 Apr-14 Dec-14 2011-12
Total Work
in Progress
60,357 101,603 32,326 35,266 34,990 67,316 - - -

Projects Completed

Project Original
Project
Value
$'000
Revised
Project
Value
$'000
Prior
Year Exp.
$'000
Actual
Finance
2014-15
$'000
Actual
Exp.
2014-15
$'000
Total
Exp. to
Date
$'000
Estimated
completion
date
Actual
completion
date
Project
Approval
Year
Primary
school in
Coombs
design
(finalisation
of design)
550 550 551 19 0 551 Jun-14 Jun-14 2013-14
Installation
and
artificial
grass
surfaces
- Stage 1
2,300 2,570 2,570 0 20 2,590 Apr-13 Apr-13 2011-12
Duffy
Primary
School
2,800 2,800 2,667 198 132 2,799 Dec-13 Jan-14 2012-13
Franklin
Early
Childhood
School
42,700 25,641 25,078 197 174 25,252 Dec-13 Jan-14 2011-12
Gungahlin
College
60,700 74,407 74,143 285 253 74,396 Mar-11 Mar-11 2007-08
Neville
Bonner
Primary
School
60,270 43,270 41,007 132 233 41,240 Dec-13 Jan-14 2011-12
North Watson
Development -
Majura Primary
School
4,400 4,680 4,086 598 595 4,681 May-14 Sep-14 2011-12
School
Infrastructure
for the Future
3,345 3,345 2,799 1,255 546 3,345 Jun-14 Dec-14 2013-14
Tuggeranong
Introductory
English
Centre
1,800 1,800 228 1,567 1,572 1,800 Jun-15 Jun-15 2013-14
West Macgregor
Development -
Macgregor
Primary
School
Expansion
5,650 5,899 5,388 480 511 5,899 Oct-13 Sep-13 2011-12
Prior Year
CUP
(2013-14)
13,530 13,272 13,177 95 95 13,272 Jun-14 Dec-14 2013-14
Total Projects
Completed
181,715 162,162 155,850 4,533 3,904 159,754 - - -

Total Capital Works Program 2014-15

Project Original
Project
Value
$'000
Revised
Project
Value
$'000
Prior
Year
Expenditure
$'000
Actual
Finance
2014-15
$'000
Actual
Expenditure
2014-15
$'000
Total
Expenditure
to
Date
$'000
Total Capital Works
Program 2014-15
260,590 280,883 188,176 55,206 55,790 243,966

Note: Works related to Childcare Centres were transferred to Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate as at 31 January 2015.
Source: Education and Training Directorate

Chief Minister's Reading Challenge

Amaroo School students welcomed Virginia Haussegger, the face of local ABC TV News, as she shared her love of reading in her role as Ambassador of the Chief Minister's Reading Challenge. To the great delight and excitement of the students she read two Roald Dahl stories to those seated around her. Students reciprocated by sharing limericks that they had prepared in class to the accompaniment of music. With 2014 marking the tenth year of the Reading Challenge, there has been consistent growth in the number of students seeing how much and how widely they can read in completing the challenge. The first Reading Challenge attracted 638 readers, in 2014 74 schools and 22,683 students took part. Students appreciate that it is not a competition, but is all about encouraging a love of reading and helping students improve their literacy.

Photo of Ms Virginia Haussegger, the face of local ABC TV News, reading a book to students of Amaroo School

Table C3.2: End-of-year reconciliation schedule 2014-15

Reconciliation of total current year financing 2014-15
$'000
Total current year capital works financing 53,461
Add: Financing of other capital initiatives 18,413
Add: Appropriation drawn down for 27th pay in 2014-15 18,455
Capital Injection from Government per Cash flow statement 90,329
Reconciliation of Total Current Year Actual Expenditure - against financing 2014-15
$'000
Total current year capital works expenditure 51,434
Total current year capital initiatives expenditure 17,942
Add: Appropriation drawn down for 27th pay in 2014-15 18,455
Add: Appropriation drawn down for works related to Childcare centres1 2,484
Add Net Impact of accruals between financial years 2,282
Less: Capital purchases funded outside of Capital Injections -2,267
Capital Injection from Government per Cash flow statement 90,329
Reconciliation of Total Current Year Actual Expenditure 2014-15
$'000
Total current year capital works expenditure 51,434
Add: Capital Initiatives 17,942
Add: Other asset purchases outside of capital works program 2,590
Add: Expenditure for works related to Childcare centres1 2,484
Add: Net Impact of accruals between financial years 2,282
Purchase of Property, Plant and Equipment as per Cash Flow Statement 76,731

Note: Works related to Childcare Centres were transferred to Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate as at 31 January 2015.
Source: Education and Training Directorate

For more information contact:
Director
Infrastructure and Capital Works
(02) 6205 3173

Australian Apprenticeships - Good News for Aziz

Photo of Aziz M - Participant in the Australian Apprenticeships funded training initiative

Aziz overcame many challenges to be in his current position as an apprentice bricklayer. He arrived in Australia in 2012 and enrolled at Dickson College to study for a Year 12 Certificate. Aziz promptly said to the college, "Get me a job, I will do anything!" The college referred Aziz for work experience as a bricklayer and an apprenticeship opportunity presented itself. Aziz faced a difficult choice between completing year 12 or undertaking paid employment and training. In 2014 he elected to undertake a bricklaying apprenticeship, as paid employment presented the faster route to meet his financial and family goals. Aziz plans to enrol at the Canberra Institute of Technology to study for his Year 12 Certificate at night.

The opportunity to work outdoors suited Aziz and he promptly fell in love with bricklaying. The Australian Apprenticeships system is supporting Aziz with his English whilst also ensuring there is appropriate mentoring. Being employed by a Group Training Organisation (GTO) means Aziz has the opportunity to meet many apprentices at the training facility and learn about Australian culture over the daily BBQ lunch provided by the registered training organisation.

Aziz is determined to work hard and complete his apprenticeship. Aziz is appreciative of the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship, contribute positively to the Canberra community and work towards achieving his goals.