School's wish for hall a reality
IT might have taken 10 years but the Federal Government has answered the prayers of Gympie West State School and given them funds to build a new multi-purpose hall and library.
And on Tuesday, those new facilities were officially opened by Senator John Hogg and Gympie Region Mayor, Ron Dyne.
Gympie West Principal Bob Cole was happy to see the hall finally used as the whole school gathered for the opening ceremony.
“We’ve been wanting this sort of facility for 10 years and the P and C has been trying to raise the money for it for a long time,” he said.
Cr Dyne said the new facilities were a great asset for Gympie West.
“It’s good the government was able to fund it, instead of the school’s P and C,” he said.
Senator Hogg said Gympie West was the first facility in the Gympie region that had been officially opened since the Australian Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER) funding was announced.
Gympie West received $3.2 million under the Primary Schools for the 21st Century and National School Pride elements of BER.
At the opening, Senator Hogg congratulated Gympie West on their new facilities and spoke of the benefit to both the school and local community.
“It has been fantastic to see local principals, parents and tradespeople working together across Australia to deliver these important projects,” Senator Hogg said.
“Now that they are completed, teachers and students in our local schools will be teaching and learning in the 21st century facilities that they so richly deserve.”
“I am also delighted that this particular project has provided employment for a large number of people from within the building and construction industry.
“This is what we strived to achieve – this is the essence of the Economic Stimulus Plan.”