650 tonnes for new high school


PARTNERSHIPS: Liberty Primary Steel Executive Managing Director Jason Schell with Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin and Minister for Energy and Mining the Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan at the Whyalla steelworks.

Sunday, November 30, 2019

Mayor Clare McLaughlin has congratulated the State Government and GFG Alliance after a major announcement on the weekend regarding steel supply for Whyalla's new $100m high school.

Mayor McLaughlin was speaking on Saturday morning after Minister for Energy and Mining, the Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan, visited the city to announce that 650 tonnes of structural steelwork for the new school would be sourced from the Whyalla steelworks to further boost the local economy.

Up to $3.5 million will be injected into the local industry for the supply and installation of 650 tonnes of steel that will form the structure of the new school.

“The State Government and GFG Alliance have proven themselves, in many ways, to be active partners in the Whyalla transformation both at the steelworks and our city,” Mayor McLaughlin said.

“This is another example of the State Government working hand-in-hand with our local industry and supporting our great city.”

Education Minister John Gardner said the announcement was a significant boost for the local economy that will support jobs.


Concept designs for the school were released in October with a promise to deliver a modern, state-of-the-art school infrastructure catering to 1500 local students in Years 7 to 12. Designed by Cox Architecture, in collaboration with Thomson Rossi, the new build will maximise the amount of Whyalla steel that can be used on this project.

The school will replace Edward John Eyre, Stuart and Whyalla high schools. Construction is anticipated to commence in early to mid-2020, with the school opening in 2022.

“This major project will deliver contemporary school infrastructure to South Australian students, create jobs in the local Whyalla community and contribute to South Australia’s economic growth,” Minister Gardner said.

“This new school will be an iconic landmark for the community, with a design that we hope will set the agenda for what learning in a regional school can look like in the future.

“It will give secondary students in Whyalla the opportunity to learn skills in advanced technology and study in areas that have strong links to the local industry.”

Minister Van Holst Pellekaan said the investment was a significant boost to the local economy.

“This announcement is another significant investment into Whyalla, benefiting the local community and economy,” Minister Van Holst Pellekaan said.

“We have confidence in the future of Whyalla and we are supporting the region by investing in the local industry, and delivering the best possible school for local students.”


IMPORTANT CONTRACT: Liberty Primary Steel Executive Managing Director Jason Schell with Minister for Energy and Mining the Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan and Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin at the Whyalla steelworks.

Liberty Primary Steel Executive Managing Director Jason Schell welcomed the news that the Whyalla steelworks would be producing the structural steel for the project. Liberty Primary Steel is an arm of GFG Alliance.

"This is fantastic news not only for our operations but also for our employees who will know they're contributing to such an important part of Whyalla's future," Mr Schell said.

"There will also be further synergies between our operations and the school as we hope to leverage the facilities for elements of our GFG Foundation program.

"Orders such as this are vital for sustaining our existing operations and workforce, so it is very encouraging that the State Government is choosing our product and supporting local business.


LOCALLY MADE: Slabs of steel coming out of the Combi-Caster and being cut to size by the torch cutters. These slabs are then sent to the Rolling Mill where they’re shaped into final products, such as the structural steel that will be used in the new high school.

Mr Schell said it was vital that the community transformed along with the steel and mining operations over the coming years and that this was a great step towards this transformation.

"We're extremely proud to be playing a key role in the community's development," he said.

"We believe our employees' children that attend the school will also be proud, knowing that their parents helped make all of the structural steel for the facility."

The design team for the school has collaborated with representatives from the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation on cultural elements that may be incorporated into the school design to acknowledge and respect the history and culture of the Barngarla people.


MADE WITH OUR STEEL: An artist's impression of the new Whyalla high school.


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