Steiner’s plan re­ceives grant

Mansfield Courier - - News -

MANS­FIELD Steiner School is among 16 Indi schools that have been awarded a project grant.

Dr He­len Haines (MHR, Indi) an­nounced the ap­proval of $200,000 in Lo­cal Schools Com­mu­nity Fund grants for 16 projects across 14 Indi com­mu­ni­ties – in­clud­ing Mans­field’s Steiner.

Dr Haines said Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dan Te­han had con­firmed a grant of $8600 for a master plan re­view at the Steiner School.

Other projects funded in­cluded Baddagin­nie, Beech­worth, Bright, Edi Up­per, Eskdale, Ever­ton, Kinglake, Mitta Mitta, Tal­lan­gatta, Tangam­balanga, Wan­garatta, Wodonga and Yea.

Dr Haines con­grat­u­lated the suc­cess­ful schools.

She said the grants would be used to up­grade es­sen­tial in­fra­struc­ture, fund a por­ta­ble per­form­ing arts stage, de­velop school and com­mu­nity gar­dens and kitchens, carry out master plan­ning and re­fur­bish a sports court.

“These projects will cer­tainly be wel­comed by these schools’ stu­dents, staff and com­mu­ni­ties,” Dr Haines said.

“The ap­pli­ca­tion process also shows there are sig­nif­i­cant de­mands for this par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar fund.

“It makes avail­able $200,000 for el­i­gi­ble projects in ev­ery fed­eral elec­torate.

“The Indi-based ad­vi­sory group of ed­u­ca­tors and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives that I con­vened to as­sess ap­pli­ca­tions con­sid­ered 71 sub­mis­sions from pub­lic, in­de­pen­dent and faith-based pri­mary and sec­ondary schools and col­leges.

“There was merit in many of the projects, but the to­tal of fund­ing sought amounted to $1.1 mil­lion.

“I’ve since met with Min­is­ter Te­han, where I spoke with him about the high level of in­ter­est from our school com­mu­ni­ties in the Lo­cal Schools Com­mu­nity Fund and that it’s over-sub­scribed.

“He’s told me that he may con­sider call­ing for a sec­ond round of ap­pli­ca­tions.”

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