Schools in Fisher to benefit from $200,000 in Federally funded improvements

Schools in the Southern and Central Sunshine Coast will benefit from $200,000 worth of improvements following 12 grants from the Federal Government under the Local Schools Community Fund.

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace announced the grants today at a visit to Buddina State School, which received $20,000 for an outdoor ‘Rainforest Learning Area’.

Mr Wallace said that each and every project would make a big difference to local schools.

“I want to help make the Sunshine Coast the place to be for Education, Employment and Retirement and in many ways our schools are the foundation of that vision. These grants are going to pay for the learning areas, play facilities, shade structures, training and tools that our fantastic local teachers need to make the learning experience for our students that bit richer.” Mr Wallace said.

“The Coalition Government recognises how vital schools are to the future we want to see for our region and we are delivering a record extra $266 million here on the Southern and Central Sunshine Coast to help. Buddina State School, like the eleven other schools receiving grants today, is a terrific learning environment full of dedicated staff. This funding is going to give them a helping hand to become even better.” he said. 

Buddina State School’s outdoor learning area is in significant need of repair and improvement. The Federal Government’s grant will help create a Rainforest themed area perfect for teaching students about environmental science, the climate, wildlife and ecology, as well as providing an outdoor area for other private study.

Buddina State School Principal Des Gribbin said, “This funding from the federal government has come at a very opportune time, as it will allow us to make the area a more suitable learning environment again as well as complementing the new classrooms about to be built adjacent to the Bimbimbie rainforest walking tracks.  Once both are completed this precinct of the school will provide teachers with even greater scope to make the most our natural and built learning areas at Buddina State School.”

Mr Wallace said that the Coalition Government was providing $200,000 in Fisher to fund projects, including:

  • $20,000 for Caloundra Christian College for a Student Wellbeing Hub,
  • $20,000 for Currimundi State School for a prep play facility,
  • $20,000 for Maleny State High School to replace the sprung floor in their indoor activity centre,
  • $20,000 for Peachester State School for staff training in mental health,
  • $20,000 for a Rainforest Learning Area at Buddina State School,
  • $19,824 for student ICT equipment at Beerwah State High School,
  • $19,735 for Beerwah State School for a new Year 1-3 playground,
  • $15,683 for undercover walkways at Chevallum State School,
  • $14,397 for Eudlo State School to replace shade sails and top dress the school’s oval,
  • $14,056 for Chancellor State College to replace their playground, ground covering and shade structure for the Primary campus,
  • $12,250 for a permanent shade structure at B Block of Glenview State School,
  • $4,055 for management software for Glass House Mountains State School.

“The school communities on the Sunshine Coast nominated the projects they most wanted and the Coalition Government stepped up with funding support through our $30.2 million Local Schools Community Fund.” Mr Wallace said.

“This is additional investment on top of the Coalition Government’s record funding of $310 billion for schools.”

The 12 funded projects are expected to be completed during 2020.

For more information about the Local Schools Community Fund visit https://www.education.gov.au/local-schools-community-fund

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Authorised by Andrew Wallace MP, Liberal National Party, 11/10 Lake Kawana Blvd, Bokarina, QLD, 4575