School bill­board to send key mes­sages

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ai­den Boy­ham

Pre­mier Mark McGowan and Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby vis­ited Bal­divis Secondary Col­lege last Fri­day to de­liver a $50,000 State Govern­ment grant for a new elec­tronic bill­board.

Mr McGowan and Mr Whitby de­liv­ered the grant to the Bal­divis Secondary Col­lege P&C as­so­ci­a­tion, to be in­stalled next year out­side the school, fac­ing Still­wa­ter Drive.

Mr Whitby said the dis­play would be a dra­matic visual fea­ture at the school.

“The elec­tronic sign will be used to dis­play live scores dur­ing sport­ing events, which will add to the ex­cite­ment of sport­ing matches played at the school,” he said.

“It will also al­low the school com­mu­nity, par­ents and stu­dents to be bet­ter in­formed about events like school as­sem­blies, fetes, quiz nights, sport­ing events and im­por­tant exam re­minders.”

Bal­divis Secondary Col­lege prin­ci­pal Keith Svend­sen said the mes­sage board could also be used as a re­source for the broader com­mu­nity.

“If there was a bush­fire alert or some other broader com­mu­nity is­sue we could as­sist emer­gency ser­vices and the City of Rock­ing­ham with broad­cast­ing an im­por­tant mes­sage — or we can as­sist other com­mu­nity based events or ser­vices by alert­ing our com­mu­nity to them through the use of this mes­sag­ing board,” he said.

The grant is part of $370,000 to be de­liv­ered to lo­cal schools as part of the Lo­cal Projects Lo­cal Jobs com­mu­nity grants pro­gram.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Pre­mier Mark McGowan and Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby joined Bal­divis Secondary Col­lege prin­ci­pal Keith Svend­sen, staff, stu­dents and P&C mem­bers.

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