Apprentices gain skills while transforming Nagoorin hall

TEAM WORK: With the help of local builder Troy Tenheggeler (centre), Bechtel QCLNG apprentices extended the Nagoorin Hall, which is a vital shelter during emergencies.
TEAM WORK: With the help of local builder Troy Tenheggeler (centre), Bechtel QCLNG apprentices extended the Nagoorin Hall, which is a vital shelter during emergencies. Luka Kauzlaric

CARPENTRY apprentices have been gaining skills in a construction project to help the Boyne Valley community.

The Nagoorin Progress Association Town Hall is used for everything from teen discos to adult dances and even as an emergency shelter following the recent flooding events.

Over the past five weeks, a Bechtel team of apprentices from the Queensland Curtis LNG project have worked alongside local builder Troy Tenheggeler to transform the hall.

The extension project included building a pitched roof and timber stairs, installing swinging doors, decking and sub floorings, and fitting windows for the building.

Nagoorin Progress Association president Ross McClure said they were overwhelmed by the generosity.

"This hall is a hub for the Nagoorin community; it's used to support many events in the area and promote the ongoing welfare of Nagoorin and the people who live here," he said.

"The hall becomes even more important in times of need such as the flooding... when Nagoorin and the surrounding communities were cut off."

Mr McClure said the extension would eventually become a kitchen, with a canteen-type set-up to be used for catering for events and emergencies.

Bechtel QCLNG senior project manager Barbara Rusinko said the team was excited to see the project finished.

"The Nagoorin Hall project offers valuable experience and training for our carpentry apprentices, exposing them to new work environments and allowing them to hone specific carpentry skills," she said.

Significant donations were made by Corfield Electrical, Busteed Building Supplies and United Fasteners.



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