A NEW stadium at Wodonga Senior Secondary College is predicted to be completed by next September, with a nearby refurbished arts heart due to open in July.
Foundation work for the sports centre has been unfolding for the past 10 weeks, while at the same time asbestos has been removed from Galvin Hall which is being turned into a theatre.
Regional Education Minister Bridget McKenzie on Monday inspected the $8.35 million project to which the Commonwealth has contributed $5 million after making a promise at the 2019 election.
She said it had been a "no-brainer" for the federal government to fund it on the basis that the wider community would have access to the stadium and refurbished Galvin Hall.
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That will occur with plans for community netball and basketball to be played at the sport centre which will have a 1000-spectator capacity.
The upgraded hall will have tiered seating and be capable of holding an audience of 500.
A school production of Australian play The Snow by Finegan Kruckemeyer will be the inaugural production in July and include a score and lyrics by the college's head of instrumental music Lisa Bektash.
Community groups will be encouraged to stage shows in the hall which originally opened in 1971.
Meanwhile, major construction, funded by the Victorian government, will began at the school's Huon campus in February-March and be completed 12 months later.
"(It's) undergoing a technology, science, arts and performing arts refurb, in fact we're building it on the oval and then the wing will be knocked down," Mr Hilditch said.
Also on Monday, Senator McKenzie travelled to Wangaratta airport to see commercial hangar and taxiway works done as part of a joint $1 million project funded by the local council and the federal government.
The 30m x 25m hangar has been leased to Kiowa Aviation which is running plane and helicopter joy flights.
Business owner Phil Ross also has a stake in King Valley winery Redbank and has flights regularly between the North East and Essendon airport.
Wangaratta mayor Dean Rees said taxiway work had seen widening to allow planes to pass without wing tips hitting and the relocation of bowsers to make it easier for refuelling which would be particularly beneficial for fire and ambulance aircraft.
The next priorities to improve the airport are raising the height of the boundary fence to 1.8-metres to stop animals entering and widening and reinforcing the runway to cater to bigger and heavier planes.
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