Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Schoolyards Sprucing Up; Local Contractors Benefit from Multi-Million-Dollar Schools Stimulus Package Projects

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Schoolyards Sprucing Up; Local Contractors Benefit from Multi-Million-Dollar Schools Stimulus Package Projects

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Byline: JEREMY SOLLARS

A CRESCENDO of nail guns is echoing across Warwick schoolyards as a bevy of building projects rolls out, thanks to the Rudd Government schools stimulus package grants handed out in 2009.

Work has been powering on during the summer break at both Warwick West and Warwick Central state schools, with projects jointly worth just shy of $4 million.

Warwick West will enclose its new multi-purpose hall and gain a resource centre and library, while Warwick Central will have its own new resource centre and library plus a covered outdoor area.

According to Toowoomba-based project managers McNab, Warwick-based contractors have scored just under half the work on the two projects, one of which is Chris Kaarsberg of Warwick Bobcat Hire.

Mr Kaarsberg said about half his time since October had been spent on the two projects, with work at Warwick Central starting early in early December after heritage issues were resolved.

"I've basically been doing the excavations and footing work, as well as slab preparation and trenching for underground electricals," Mr Kaarsberg said.

"It's been good to see local contactors getting a share of the work."

A McNab spokesman said other local firms engaged in the projects as contractors or suppliers of materials included Ensbey Electrical, Matsons Engineering, Bunnings Warwick, Howard and Sons, Condamine Plumbing and Hansens Concreting.

"All up local firms represent between 45 and 50 per cent of all of the contractors and suppliers we are using," the McNab spokesman said.

"Obviously it is not possible to source everything and everyone from the local area but, wherever we can, that is our strong preference."

McNab will also manage similar projects at Clifton and Cambooya state schools which are due to commence within the next few weeks, with the new Warwick West and Warwick Central buildings due for completion in April. …

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