[vc_row fullwidth=”false” attached=”false” padding=”0″ visibility=””][vc_column border_color=”” visibility=”” width=”1/1″][vc_column_text responsive_align=”center”]The YWAM Townsville City Campus (formerly Barrier Reef TAFE) has been transformed into a hive of youthful activity in a series of developments, the most recent of which is the construction of 14 new apartments for YWAM’s full time volunteers, helping to achieve the Townsville City Council’s vision to have 30,000 people living and working in the CBD by 2030.
YWAM Townsville took over the 8,826m2 property in August 2013 under a long-term lease agreement with the Townsville City Council. Over the last 18 months, the campus has been revamped into a dynamic hub for registered training, youth activities for local young people, and a headquarters for their medical ship that delivers healthcare and training to remote areas in Papua New Guinea.
The re-development plan has included the construction of dormitory-style accommodation for 278 students, a dining room and café, interior and exterior painting and the landscaping of the courtyard in the centre of the facility. The construction of the new apartments marks the completion of stage two of the redevelopment.
YWAM Townsville’s Managing Director, Mr Ken Mulligan, said that he is thrilled to have reached this milestone.
“The property is the oldest educational facility in Townsville; our goal has been to preserve the unique heritage of the building while maximizing the existing facilities, space and its incredible location in the heart of the city.
“Its been wonderful seeing the place come to life again over the last 18 months – we now have 230 of our volunteers and students from 22 nations living right on campus with room for many more.
“This facility has given us the platform to be able to expand our work throughout North Queensland and into Papua New Guinea – we are very grateful for the many local businesses who have donated supplies and labour to make this a reality,” said Mr Mulligan.
Townsville Mayor, Cr Jenny Hill, said she will be touring the campus tomorrow morning.
“We worked hard for YWAM to take on this property – I’m really proud of what they’ve invested and achieved over the last 18 months.
“Their presence in the CBD is a really great outcome for the city, they attract hundreds of people to Townsville every year; many of those decide to stay on and make Townsville their home – their commitment and service to the city is a great asset,” Said Cr Hill.
Over 80 local businesses contributed materials, labour and advice on the development of the property, including local property developers, Peter Tapiolas of Parkside Development Group and Peter Honeycombe or Honeycombes Property Group, who extended their expertise and influence to help expedite the development of the campus.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]