Wide Bay schools share funding success

Students at 17 Wide Bay schools are enjoying new equipment and resources through the Coalition Government’s $30.2 million Local Schools Community Fund, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien announced today.

“The Coalition Government recognises the important role that schools play in our communities and in giving our students a strong start in life, and that’s why we have invested in these worthwhile projects that will make a big difference at our local schools,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The school communities in Wide Bay nominated the projects that would make a real difference to their students and staff, and the Coalition Government stepped up with funding support through the $30.2 million Local Schools Community Fund.

“Our Wide Bay schools selected projects ranging from digital displays to irrigation systems, library equipment, to new gardens and bicycles – it’s fantastic to see the projects now completed and in use, and that these grants of up to $20,000 are helping our young people get the best out of their education.”

The following schools were awarded funding through the Local Schools Community Fund:

St Mary’s College Maryborough – $10,000 to create a ‘Senior Hub’ and refurbish three classrooms with display boards and movable walls
St Patrick’s College Gympie – $5,800 for water tanks for irrigating college oval
Sunshine Beach State School – $8,054 to purchase electronics and iPads
Aldridge State High School – $10,200 for outdoor seating and sink
Murgon State High School – $15,000 to refurbish the student services building
Amamoor State School – $7,780 to purchase 9 new laptop computers
Glenwood State School – $17,780 to purchase digital display panels
Gunalda State School – $10,000 to refurbish library and purchase interactive whiteboard
Jones Hill State School – $17,731 to purchase six projectors and whiteboards
Kin Kin State School – $19,791 to purchase interactive whiteboard and ICT equipment
Goomeri State School – $16,056 to purchase ICT equipment, TVs, and furniture
Brooweena State School  – $13,025 to purchase ICT equipment to develop a Technology Hub Makerspace
Bauple State School – $4,795 to purchase interactive panel and trolley
Tiaro State School – $4,500 for construction of a garden with a path of personalised pavers
Maryborough Special School – $9,488 to install an irrigation system and pump to water the school oval
Noosa Flexible Learning Centre – $15,000 to purchase electronic equipment for digital lab
Gympie Flexible Learning Centre – $15,000 to purchase fleet of bikes and bike carrier system

Federal funding for Wide Bay schools continues to increase under the LNP Government, rising from $78 million in 2013 to $148 million in 2021.