Cultural Ceremony Marks Start of Earthworks and Construction at Roseville College

Aboriginal Christian Leader, Ms Brooke Prentis, led project commencement formalities with an Acknowledgement of Country, celebrating a shared connection to land.

Ms Prentis partners with Roseville College in the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and Reconciliation, sharing a message of Reconciliaton as friendship. She joined guests of Taylor and Roseville College including Roseville College Principal, Ms Deb Magill, past-Principal and Council member, Mrs Elaine Collin, and student leaders from Junior and Senior school, along with Taylor attendees.

This modest yet important ceremony saw Roseville College and Taylor mark a major milestone in the development of the College’s Sport and Wellbeing Centre. Cultural engagement marked the start of bulk earthworks and construction, with Roseville College students given a rare opportunity to gain first-hand insights into an active construction site.

Listening to and being led by an Aboriginal person and friend sharing about the significance of Country to Aboriginal peoples before digging the soil was deeply sincere and moving.

Ms Prentis spoke of the true history of “these lands now called Australia” and how we all can, and must, participate in Reconciliation with “truth, justice, love, and hope”.

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Commencement also marks the beginning of a student engagement program to be delivered in collaboration with Taylor’s Women in Construction program (TWIC), where Roseville girls will engage in inspiring learning opportunities with female professionals during the project.

Roseville College’s Sports and Wellbeing Centre is a new facility that embodies the school’s value to equip girls to be well and to live well.

On completion, the new Centre will replace redundant assets at the school and provide, in its place, a 4-Green Star rated state-of-the-art facility that includes:

– an eight-lane 25-meter indoor pool

– eight additional classrooms (including a flexible space for dance and functions)

– a strength and conditioning gym

– a leading-edge nutrition and food technology space

– three outdoor multipurpose courts

– a two-storey underground carpark, to ease the demand on neighbouring streets, while remaining sensitive to the local heritage conservation area.

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The development represents a unique opportunity for Taylor to collaborate with Roseville College to cultivate the future talents of students interested in STEM careers. A unique engagement program will be delivered in partnership with the College to showcase the rewarding studies, careers and experiences available to women in construction.

With construction continuing through 2023, Team Taylor look forward to bringing this important infrastructure to life at Roseville College. Thank you to Ms Brooke Prentis for ensuring this event was a meaningful and rewarding morning for all.