$1.4M FOR OUR COUN­TRY SCHOOLS

Out­ly­ing schools get boost

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BLAKE AN­TROBUS blake.an­trobus@fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

MARY­BOR­OUGH’S out­ly­ing schools are among the few lo­cal win­ners in this year’s bud­get with close to $1.4 mil­lion be­ing al­lo­cated for ma­jor up­grades across the elec­torate.

It fol­lows the State Gov­ern­ment’s bud­get be­ing handed down on Wed­nes­day.

As part of the $1.4 mil­lion for the re­gion’s schools, $300,000 will be split be­tween state schools in Al­bert, Mun­gar and Tiaro for STEM pro­grams, stu­dent sup­port up­grades and an out­door learn­ing area re­spec­tively.

$250,000 will go to­wards up­grad­ing Brooweena State School while Granville will re­ceive about $223,000 for play­ground up­grades.

Mary­bor­ough MP Bruce Saun­ders said it was a “good, tra­di­tional bud­get for ed­u­ca­tion.”

“I said upon re-elec­tion the next bud­get would be one of ed­u­ca­tion; this is de­liv­er­ing on that prom­ise,” Mr Saun­ders said.

“We need to make sure our out­ly­ing schools got the money for the nec­es­sary up­grades.”

Road­works will also re­ceive a boost, with $1.7 mil­lion al­lo­cated for up­grades to the Cooloola Coast Rd near Mary­bor­ough.

An ad­di­tional $1 mil­lion will be spent on ac­quir­ing a new bridge for Salt­wa­ter Creek to cre­ate bet­ter ac­cess to Alder­shot.

Mr Saun­ders re­vealed Howard’s elec­tri­cal sub­sta­tion would also re­ceive $1.787 mil­lion for an up­grade to solve prob­lems with elec­tric­ity sup­ply.

The to­tal project is ex­pected to cost about $8.194 mil­lion.

“That’s to solve net­work per­for­mance is­sues that have been af­fect­ing the Howard, Torbanlea and the Bur­rum district,” Mr Saun­ders said.

Photo: FILE

FUND­ING WIN: Brooweena State School is one of many out­ly­ing schools in the elec­torate that has re­ceived State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing for ma­jor up­grades.

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