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A group of high school students wearing high vis and Development Victoria helmets standing in front of a construction site throwing a basketball and volleyball

Wurun Senior Campus students received a lesson with a difference recently, after being given an exclusive look at progress to the Fitzroy Gasworks Sports Centre currently under construction next door.

About 40 Year 12 students studying Visual Communication and Design, and the VCE Vocational Major (VCE VM), toured the facility during a building rostered day off, guided by Development Victoria’s Senior Project Manager, Colette Gold and representatives from head contractor, Built Environs.

The site tour followed an interactive presentation and Q&A session, where the students were given an insight into the intricacies of the project the chance to ask the project team about their respective career journeys in the construction industry.

Wurun Senior Campus principal Chris Millard said students are excited watching the construction progress of the sports centre and can’t wait to be able to use the facility when it opens.

The new sports centre has been designed to integrate with the school’s existing two indoor sports courts, which will enable shared use and create a seven-court facility available to the community outside of school hours.

“It’s a great asset to have, and the school community is looking forward to the next chapter in the redevelopment of the Fitzroy Gasworks precinct being built.

“Our students are certainly keeping a keen eye on progress as we’ve got plenty of basketballers, netballers and futsal players here at the school,” Mr Millard said.

Year 12 student Reuben Stenson admits he’s a little jealous of the students who will be attending the school in coming years who will use the sports centre on a daily basis.

“It will provide a lot of great opportunities to the students who come to the school in the next few years and also be a great asset for the community.

“Even though I won’t be a student after this year, I hope to be able to use the sports centre - you can always get a team together and come down and have a game of futsal or shoot a game of basketball,” Reuben said.

Fellow student Thea Fleet enjoyed the opportunity to discover more about the construction process from the project team. Like Reuben, she is also looking forward to seeing the sports centre filled daily by future students and the community.

“I live close by so it’s exciting to see facilities being built that will benefit the local community and encourage more people to be active on a daily basis,” Thea said.

The sports centre is due to be completed in mid-2024. Find out more about the Fitzroy Gasworks Sports Centre

Updated on 09 June 2023