Plans unveiled for Port Augusta’s new state-of-the-art technical College

The Department of Infrastructure and Transport has submitted plans for the construction of the Port Augusta Technical College with attached student accomodation.

The Department of Infrastructure and Transport has submitted plans for the construction of the Port Augusta Technical College. The proposed college will be accompanied by short-term student accommodation, catering to the diverse needs of aspiring learners.

The Port Augusta Technical College is set to be a distinct entity operating in association with the existing Port Augusta Secondary School, representing a progressive approach to education. This venture forms part of the South Australian State Government’s pledge to establish five technical colleges across the region, including two regional colleges in Port Augusta and Mount Gambier, and three metropolitan colleges in Findon, Tonsley, and The Heights, Modbury.

The college’s primary objective is to provide a fully integrated program offering vocational training, apprenticeships, and SACE completion programs. It will offer direct pathways to various promising careers such as electricians, engineers, boilermakers, and gas fitters, among others.

Moreover, the the college will complement the existing academic programs and vocational pathways available at the Port Augusta Secondary School. This synergy will enable senior secondary students to explore alternative training and educational opportunities while continuing their school education.

Designed to replicate the ambiance of industry workplaces, the Technical College aims to create a practical, hands-on learning environment. This immersive setting will equip students with valuable skills highly sought after by industries, effectively preparing them for future employment opportunities.

The proposed development site for the Technical College spans approximately 5,800 square meters within the larger 3.553-hectare allotment occupied by the Port Augusta Secondary School.

Key features of the project include a two-story building to serve as the Technical College and associated short-term student accommodation, twelve on-site parking spaces, enhancements to Hobby Avenue, including parking spaces, landscaping, and other amenities, as well as civil works and landscaping.

Distinctive Features of the Technical College Building:

Ground Floor:

  • Classrooms and Communal Learning Spaces
  • Shared Study Areas
  • Kitchen and Dining Facilities
  • Amenities (including Storage Lockers, Bathrooms, and Laundry Facilities)
  • Multi-Trades/Civil Learning Spaces (East End)
  • Dynamic Learning Area and Reception (West End)

First Floor:

  • Short-term Accommodation Facilities (11 rooms, each with 4 pod-style bunk beds, study desks, storage lockers, and separate wet areas)
  • DDA Compliant Student Room with a Single Bed and Larger Bathroom
  • Private Study Space (Breakout Room)
  • Additional Desks within Hallways
  • Health and Social Support Classroom

The building’s materiality is said to be inspired by and contextually responds to Port Augusta’s unique landscape, connection to country, and integration with existing and future industry.

It’s set to will accommodate a total of 100 secondary school students at any given time, including 45 students who will reside in the short-term accommodation for up to five days. The college will be managed by a maximum of 21 staff members at any one time, with two staff members residing onsite overnight to perform a supervisory role for boarding students.

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