Today at Kelvin Grove State College we welcomed Education Minister Grace Grace who visited our Queensland Ballet Academy & multi-purpose hall construction site.

Ms Grace Grace was escorted by Paynters General Manager Brett Johnston, Project Manager Bryan Beilby & Paynters’ apprentices as they discussed the project progress.

During the inspection of the site, Ms Grace noted that “This one-of-a-kind building will accommodate up to 180 ballet students in 2020 and will feature six large dance studios, two flexible learning spaces, gym room, a range of support facilities, car park and a covered pedestrian link to the spine of the school,” she said.

“It will attract Queensland secondary school students but also elite dancers from across Australia and around the world.”

“It’s amazing to see the Ballet Academy facility taking shape, with contractor Paynters already finishing the first-floor slab and making plenty of progress on level two.”

“Today we met some of the tradies working on the site, including one of Kelvin Grove State College’s very own students.”

“Year 11 student Leo Hodges is doing a Certificate II traineeship in Civil Construction with Paynters, working on site one day a week where he’s gaining fantastic hands-on experience.”

“In total, the Ballet Academy facility and the multi-purpose centre is supporting 103 full-time jobs, including five apprentices.”

The Ballet Academy will open many doors for budding professional dancers in 2020.