A GROUP of local high school students have been learning important skills and gaining valuable experience while working on the new water playground at ANZAC Park in Maryborough.
Three Aldridge State High School students have been working on the project as part of their work experience with local building company PBS.
Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the work experience would be invaluable to them.
“It introduces them to the skills they will need when they join their chosen industry and lets them meet and create relationships with employers and workers,” Cr Seymour said.
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Jason (Year 12, plumbing), Krystal (Year 10, carpentry) and Markus (Year 10, landscaping, carpentry and concreting) have all been working on the project during the Easter school holidays.
Aldridge High School to Work Officer, Sarah Glover was thrilled the students could participate in building what will become an iconic playground in the city.
“We are very lucky to have local employers like PBS who are so willing to host students to help them develop skills that will make them valuable future employees,” she said.
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Cr Seymour, Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders and several other Fraser Coast Councillors inspected the new facility this morning.
The water playground is beginning to take shape, with the play equipment now being installed ahead of the project’s expected completion in the middle of the year.
The $3-million project – a joint initiative between Council and the State Government – is being funded under the COVID Works for Queensland program.
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Cr Seymour said it would greatly enhance ANZAC Park.
“The new water play area and all-abilities playground at Anzac Park will be a wonderful facility for locals and add another feature to attract visitors to our region,” he said.
“The project has also ensured continued employment for Fraser Coast tradies, and building supplies companies, with more than 589 cubic metres of concrete having been poured to create the play area.”
The equipment being installed includes a sensory wall, inclusive orbit element, a spoon full of sugar discharge bucket, a trampoline, waterfall, crystal fountains and a hammock.
Other features include stream jets, a roller slide, cosmic cannons, spray jets, sugar cane spray poles, a new shelter with a barbecue, and improved amenities.
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Mr Saunders said the project was part of the State Government’s ongoing plan for economic recovery.
“These projects help drive Queensland’s economic recovery by supporting local jobs. It is fantastic that the Works for Queensland program has been able to ensure that the community can continue to use and enjoy these facilities,” he said.