Steiner’s plan receives grant
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.”