Partnership key to success on ‘the cricket pitch’

Ipswich City Council and Ipswich State High School will “open the batting” together in a key partnership which will upgrade an area known as The Cricket Pitch.

The training partnership between council and the school will assist senior students undertaking studies within the building and construction industry.

Council will be constructing a $35,000 project within a park in Pine Mountain known as The Cricket Pitch from September.

“The project will involve installing a large concrete slab adjacent to the existing shelter which will support community groups when they use the park during events,” she said.

Other work will include erection of a block retaining wall, installation of sub-surface drainage and line-marking.

“During the planning of this project, a teacher from the Ipswich State High School approached council regarding a proposal for students to volunteer their time to undertake the construction works,” a council spokesperson said.

“This would allow the Grade 12 students to complete competencies towards their studies for a Certificate I in General Construction and a Certificate II in Civil Construction Infrastructure Management.

“The proposal was for all construction works to be managed by both the teachers of Ipswich State High School and construction staff from Ipswich City Council.

“Council will supply material and will ensure that all quality control measures are in place to ensure that a quality product is delivered for the community.”

The council spokesperson said it was an extremely worthwhile partnership.

“In addition to assisting students achieve building and construction industry certification, it would also assist them to obtain employment upon leaving school or obtain higher education,” they said.

“This is a win-win situation for the school, the students, council and the community. The refurbished area will support community groups when they use the park during events.”

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