Five Islands Secondary College received $200,959 through Round 1 of the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund program to upgrade the school hall for use by students and the community alike.
The extensive makeover was completed in August 2018. The upgrade included replacing the building’s roof and repairing areas affected by concrete cancer before the building was re-cladded and painted in a colour much more suited to its surrounding environment. New spotlighting was installed and the balustrades to the main school building were replaced. A wheelchair accessible ramp was installed, allowing easier access for all members of the community.
The hall, which was built in 1962, is used by 39 different community. Improving the amenity of the building within the school grounds is ensuring that those existing partnerships continue, as well as attracting greater community usage and new school enrolments.