Heath­cote Pri­mary picks up bikes and trailer

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

HEATH­COTE Pri­mary School has a new bike trailer.

The easy-tow trail­ers were brought through the Bendigo Bank’s com­mu­nity grants scheme.

Within the grant, the school also got 14 new bikes and hel­mets.

Along with the grant, lo­cal busi­nesses such as Mitre 10 and Mor­gan’s Smash Re­pairs do­nated stor­age boxes and painted the trailer re­spec­tively.

The bikes will also be used for the com­mu­nity on week­ends.

Com­mu­nity Bank sec­re­tary Han­nah Thom­son said it was a great ini­tia­tive for the Heath­cote com­mu­nity.

‘‘The bikes will be avail­able at a price, and all money will be do­nated back into the school’s bike ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram and the main­te­nance of the bikes,’’ she said.

They will be avail­able from the Heath­cote In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, for a dif­fer­ent view of Heath­cote.

The com­mu­nity grants pro­gram is an an­nual pro­gram, and any com­mu­nity group can ap­ply. The money comes from all the prof­its made in the lo­cal com­mu­nity banks over the 12-month pe­riod.

School prin­ci­pal Kate Bal­lan­tyne said the bike ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram was valu­able for the stu­dents. ‘‘It teaches them to keep mo­bile and ac­tive,’’ she said.

The Of­fi­cial Bike Trailer Launch will be held at the school on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 16 at 10am.

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