30.07.13Blacktown Sun: Blacktown students use hay in centre in Bungarribee, Nick Soon

TWELVE students completed their part in the construction of a $4.9 million community resources centre in Bungarribee, Blacktown, as part of their HSC requirement today.

DSC_0628They installed straw bales in place of timber in the main events room of Bungarribee Community Resources Hub,

The bales have a better thermal mass, high insulation properties, good acoustics and agriculturally-inspired aesthetic appeal, a spokesman said.

The year 11 and 12 students are from Wyndham High School, The Hills Sports High School, Tyndale Christian School, Colyton Trade School and TAFE Nirimba College in Quakers Hill.

They were doing the required 35 hours work placement in Certificate II in Construction for their HSC.

Student Brent Mula, 17, said he was the first to sign up after hearing about the new technology.

“The extra skill learned will help me to get a job on the completion of the course,” he said.

Straw bale expert Frank Thomas from Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Straw Construction supervised the students.

He said they were exposed to the newest technology in construction as well as sustainable building methods.

The program was organised by Blacktown Regional Economic & Employment Development (BREED), their schools and UrbanGrowth NSW.

23.07.13BREED Brings Work Placement Providers together

BREED’s Work Placement Service Provider (WPSP) Team invited all similar teams from around Sydney to join us at BREED for a WPSP networking meeting during the last week of June and were delighted by the strong response.

Ten teams attended, including The Hunter Valley, contributing to a very positive session.

It was particularly valuable for St George’s new team leader, who has only recently commenced. As teams shared information, strategies, new initiatives and also, their challenges, camaraderie built.

The Team Leader of the Central Coast team reflected: “…it is paramount that we all meet to debrief and discuss the issues that appeared on your agenda.”

Teams who were unable to be with us because of illness or being short-staffed, have been overwhelmingly positive in their responses to the minutes.

We all look forward to the next one!

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