Funds in nick of time
Schools get a boost for repairs
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.
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.