Construction starts on mentoring hub beside Flexi-School
09 October 2015
Joint release with:
Ian Macfarlane MP
Federal Member for Groom
Works began today to construct an intergenerational mentoring hub beside the Toowoomba Flexi-School on Chalk Drive. Once constructed, the facility will give Flexi-School students access to mentoring in preparation for their future careers.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Australian Government would provide $793,000 towards the project through the Community Development Grants Programme.
“The Australian Government is committed to supporting projects that make a real difference locally and have a longer term positive impact on regional communities,” Mr McCormack said.
“We are providing $350 million under the Community Development Grants Programme to fund almost 300 valuable projects like this one to improve the social and economic infrastructure of communities across Australia.”
Federal Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane said the Flexi-School had consistently provided opportunities for young people faced with significant social and emotional disadvantage.
“The mentoring hub concept has been five years in the planning. Once complete this new facility will help hundreds of young people to greatly enhance their personal confidence and employment opportunities in the future,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“Lifeline Darling Downs and South West will operate the hub with around 70 students and 70 mentors expected to visit the site each week.”
"The $916,000 hub construction project will continue to be a collaborative effort with additional project funding of $70,000 committed by the Pure Land Learning College Association, $50,000 committed by Centenary Heights State High School and $3,000 committed by the Queensland Community Foundation.”
Construction of the intergenerational mentoring hub is expected to be completed in early 2016.