Whitsundays Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox and member for Mackay, Julieanne Gilbert joined our site team for the sod turning at Proserpine State High School yesterday.

Paynters will soon be commencing works at the school, constructing a brand new performing arts centre and refurbishment to the existing administration building.

The performing arts centre will provide seats for 300 people and include a music classroom, a green screen room and control room, as well as storage rooms, dressing rooms, foyer and a kiosk.

Proserpine State High School Principal Don McDermid said the performing arts centre would help foster the arts in the region and he looked forward to helping students take to the stage. “It is such an amazing opportunity to cater for the talents of students, and we should never underestimate what talent we have in regional schools among our students,” he said.

The centre is one of several projects carried out under the Government’s $235 million Renewing Our Schools program and is due to be completed in 2021.

Once complete, the school will have an opportunity to have their name in lights, training young talent & sending them off confident & prepared to headline the best orchestras, theatres and ballet academies in the state.