Northern Territory Minister for Education Selena Uibo
Territory Builder Wins $18 Million Palmerston School Tender
Victor P Taffa
Northern Territory’s newest school is on track to be fully operational by Term 1, 2021, with local company Sunbuild awarded the $18.04 Million tender to build Stage 2 of Zuccoli Primary School.
“Second stage of the Zuccoli Primary School, scheduled to be completed by Term 1 2021, will ease enrolment pressures at surrounding Palmerston schools and enable the families of Zuccoli to send their children to school closer to home.” Minister for Education Selena Uibo said.
Northern Territory Government fast-tracked construction of the new government school last year to cater for enrolment demand in Palmerston, the Northern Territory’s fastest growing area.
When completed in 2021, the new school will cater for 430 primary students and up to 88 pre-schoolers.
Construction is well advanced on Stage 1. The pre-school and 8 primary school classrooms with capacity for more than 200 students is scheduled to open in Term 1, 2020.
Long-time Territory education leader Carolyn Edwards was last month announced as the inaugural Zuccoli Primary School principal, and is currently consulting with the local community to determine which year levels will be offered when Stage 1 opens next year.
Stage 2 of the project includes an additional 8 classrooms, an administration building and a library.
It also includes facilities to be shared with the adjoining Mother Theresa Catholic School, including science, home economics and music rooms, a multipurpose hall and a sports oval.
More than 100 construction jobs are expected to be supported through the second stage of the project, adding to the 120 supported during the first stage.
“We are investing in the future of our Palmerston kids with this $30 Million new school that will support more than 500 local children and their families.” Member for Brennan Tony Sievers said.
Zuccoli Primary School is currently accepting expressions of interests for enrolments from Term 1, 2020.