Funds in nick of time

Schools get a boost for re­pairs

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Bran­don Livesay

VI­TAL re­pairs will be car­ried out in North Bur­nett schools thanks to a $200 mil­lion school main­te­nance fund.

Schools will re­ceive up to $160,000 to fix ex­ist­ing is­sues.

Five schools in the North Bur­nett have been al­lo­cated the max­i­mum $160,000 un­der the Gov­ern­ment’s Ad­vanc­ing Our Schools Main­te­nance Fund, with eight other schools also re­ceiv­ing fund­ing.

For Gayn­dah State School prin­ci­pal Ken Nichols, the fund­ing couldn’t have come at a bet­ter time.

“We will be us­ing the money to re­vamp our her­itage build­ing for the school’s 150th an­niver­sary next year,” Mr Nichols said.

“It needs new car­pet­ing and there are as­bestos tiles un­der­neath that must be re­moved.

“We’ll also fin­ish off the den­tal patch, get­ting elec­tric­ity andwater in­stalled for when the den­tal van vis­its.”

The main­te­nance fund­ing is sure to be wel­come news for both par­ents and teach­ers of the North Bur­nett.

Mem­ber for Cal­lide Jeff Seeney said the new fund­ing was an op­por­tu­nity to en­sure “our chil­dren have ac­cess to the best school fa­cil­i­ties and a safer en­vi­ron­ment in which to learn”.

“Whether it’s peel­ing paint, un­even foot­paths or torn and stained car­pet, too many of our state schools have main­te­nance is­sues that have be­come po­ten­tial health and safety haz­ards for our chil­dren,” Mr Seeney said.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

MONEY WELL SPENT: Gayn­dah State School Prin­ci­pal Ken Nichols with Mikayla Howlett, Jack­son Hodge and Jes­sica Sar­gent wel­come the gov­ern­ment grant to carry out re­pairs to the school’s her­itage build­ing.

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