School open for hol­i­days

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - On The Land -

Mul­wala Pub­lic School will be one of more than 230 lo­cal schools across the state that will make their play­grounds, ovals and sports courts avail­able to the pub­lic over the sum­mer school hol­i­days.

Mem­ber for Al­bury Greg Aplin said Al­bury High, Mur­ray High, Jin­dera, Jer­ilderie and Mul­wala Pub­lic Schools will throw their gates open to the com­mu­nity over the up­com­ing sum­mer school hol­i­days as part of the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s Share Our Space pro­gram.

The pro­gram al­lows mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to use their lo­cal pub­lic school’s out­door fa­cil­i­ties, pro­vid­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties for play, sport and out­door re­cre­ation.

Mr Aplin en­cour­aged mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity to use the schools and their fa­cil­i­ties over the com­ing hol­i­day pe­riod.

“The Share Our Space pro­gram pro­vides valu­able op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal chil­dren and fam­i­lies to get out and play,” Mr Aplin said.

“I’m de­lighted the NSW Gov­ern­ment is think­ing out­side the box to pro­vide open play ar­eas for our lo­cal com­mu­nity and putting school as­sets to good use.”

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Rob Stokes said the pro­gram had been a great suc­cess over the last year and ex­pected an en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse from the pub­lic this time around.

“Shar­ing our school re­sources with every­one ben­e­fits our whole com­mu­nity, and I en­cour­age peo­ple to get down to their lo­cal school and use the fa­cil­i­ties avail­able,” Mr Stokes said.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing schools will be open ev­ery day from De­cem­ber 22 to Jan­uary, 25 2019 from 8am to 6pm.

The Share Our Space pro­gram is part of the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s $290 mil­lion Open Spaces and Green Syd­ney pack­age.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing schools will re­ceive a $5000 grant for open­ing their fa­cil­i­ties to the pub­lic.

The NSW Gov­ern­ment is de­liv­er­ing a record $6 bil­lion school build­ing pro­gram over the next four years, which will pro­vide more than 170 new and up­graded schools to sup­port com­mu­ni­ties through­out NSW.

This is the largest in­vest­ment into pub­lic school in­fra­struc­ture by any state gov­ern­ment in Aus­tralian his­tory.

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