State Government grant used to upgrade facilities at John Tonkin College in Mandurah

Community News, Mandurah Times, News, Peel/Rockingham

Revamped facilities at Mandurah’s oldest high school are set to benefit students and the wider community.

A $165,000 State Government grant was used for two projects at John Tonkin College’s Tindale campus, with support from Peel Development Commission.

The funding wen towards replacement of the ceiling at the school’s canteen undercover area, along with transformation of an outdated meeting room to a modern enterprise centre.

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The centre is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities including new sound systems and projections screens that aim to facilitate collaborative learning and professional development.

It also comprises a kitchen facility with new appliances and amenities, and it is expected the centre can accommodate community groups such as PEAC, church groups and sporting clubs.

The upgraded canteen area also provides a versatile space for meetings, events and social gatherings.

Principal Kim Savins said the upgrades would benefit many in Mandurah.

“These new spaces symbolise our commitment to collaboration, innovation and community engagement,” she said.

“They will serve as focal points for learning, networking and empowerment, benefiting not only our students but also the broader community.”

Mandurah MLA David Templeman MLA noted the school’s history, having been built in 1979 as Mandurah’s inaugural high school.

“John Tonkin College has a long history in Mandurah, going back to when it was Mandurah Senior High School,” he said.

“Through my conversations with the school and its board, I was made aware of the vital need to upgrade parts of the school including the undercover area and dated office space.

“I am very excited that our commitment provided $165,000 for this project to support John Tonkin College, opening new opportunities for the student’s staff and the community.”

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