Gym opens and arts centre shovel ready

Top team: from left front DAS Constructions managing director Dale Sartori is congratulated on “creating a work of art”, namely the Newhaven College gymnasium by McMillan MP Russell Broadbent with, from left back, the Das Constructions team Matt Crooks, Alex Sartori, director Melissa Sellings, Bevan West, Aaron Atwell and Darren Bainbridge.

HOT on the heels of the official opening of the awe inspiring gymnasium at Phillip Island’s Newhaven College last Thursday, news broke of a new performing arts centre, ready to start.
No sooner had Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent officially opened the college’s “world class” $7 million gymnasium than principal Gea Lovell announced a new performing arts centre for the college.
During her official opening speech, Mrs Lovell said they are working on concept plans for the performing arts centre.
“This will be the biggest project to date for the college,” she said.
In thanking Mr Broadbent, the Federal Government and the Block Grants Committee, Mrs Lovell said she hoped the meeting with the Block Grant Committee on Friday would see the much needed funding for the arts centre development come to fruition.
In thanking Mr Broadbent for helping to secure the $1.75 funding for the gymnasium Mrs Lovell said, “Hopefully we can count on Mr Broadbent again”.
Talking to The Star on Thursday at the opening, college musical director Kirk Skinner said if they are successful in obtaining funding the performing arts centre should start in November this year.
“The stage three plans are almost complete,” Mr Skinner said.
“There will be nothing like it in this region. It will seat 500 to 600.
“The music and drama school and theatre centre will feature a fly tower, the only theatre in the region that will have this and a hydraulic orchestra pit.
“It will be a professional theatre that will allow students to study and allow us to develop a VET course.
“The dream for me would be for Newhaven College to offer a performing  arts and music academy.
“We will also be able to house professional touring companies.
“As with the newly opened gymnasium, the performing arts centre would also be offered to the community for use.”
In his opening speech Mr Broadbent reflected on that very first meeting held on the island at the home of former Federal MP Peter Reith in 1979 when the plan to establish a college on the Phillip Island was hatched.
“Never would those gathered at that first meeting have in their wildest dreams imagined the beautiful expansion of this college,” he said.
He praised the school board and college community for working hard to see the gymnasium dream become a reality and urged the students to “strive to reach their full potential in this wonderful facility”.
“Students from this college have gone onto greatness nationally and internationally,” he said.
“I know the sacrifice parents have made to send their children to this college and here they are surrounded by excellence.
“This gymnasium would be a good fit anywhere in the world.”
A very proud Mrs Lovell also thanked gymnasium project manager Stuart Robinson, the work of award winning Hayball Architects, “outstanding contractor” DAS Constructions managing director Dale Sartori and director Melissa Sellings “who made sure the project was delivered on time”, the 100 or so contractors and workers-mostly locals, Bass Coast Shire Council, “we cannot fault its support for this project”, college board and chair Greg Price and the students, the beneficiaries.

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