A multi-million-dollar Regional Renewal project to deliver the new Aboriginal Shared Learning (ASL) Hub at the Dubbo College Delroy Campus is officially under construction.
Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders celebrated the milestone with an official turning of the sod for the new hub.
The ASL Hub will be a connected series of indoor and outdoor learning spaces where students, teachers and the wider community can come together.
Mr Saunders said he was delighted to be at the site to celebrate the NSW Government’s continued investment in public education infrastructure.
“Dubbo is the gateway to the west and this inclusive space will help bridge the gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people in our community,” Mr Saunders.
“I’m proud to be part of a government that is delivering on its commitment to provide the best facilities to support students in our regional community.
“The Dubbo Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, Dubbo Local Aboriginal Lands Council and Three Rivers Regional Assembly have all contributed significantly to the design and community consultation of this project.”
The ASL Hub has been co-designed to ensure the facilities reflect a culturally safe and welcoming learning environment, providing opportunity for enhanced learning connections and partnerships.
Nationals Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said this project will be widely welcome not just by the students of the school but the wider community.
“The Aboriginal Shared Learning Hub is an exciting project for the community, and I look forward to watching as it takes shape,” Ms Mitchell said.
“The space will foster a sense of belonging for everyone.”
This project is a first of its kind and has been conceptualised with Country in mind, in collaboration with key Aboriginal community partners.
The NSW Government is investing $8.6 billion in school infrastructure over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 160 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW.
This builds on the more than $9.1 billion invested in projects delivered since 2017, a program of $17.7 billion in public education infrastructure.