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School sport projects in Maitland receive funding


East Maitland Public School and Maitland Grossman High School have been awarded grants for sport and fitness projects.

East Maitland Public School will receive just over $64,000 to develop a multi-sport court space.

The installation will include multi-sport synthetic turf, modified lines for netball, basketball, tennis and volleyball, and the relevant necessary equipment.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Catherine Cusack said the space would not only benefit students but also the wider school community.

East Maitland Public School P&C Spokesperson, Rowena Fairhall was thrilled to hear of their successful application and said the multi-sport court space would further assist the school in offering a comprehensive and inclusive education experience for all students.

Maitland Grossman High School’s $68,900 grant will be used to design and construct an outdoor fitness circuit with purpose-built equipment, to improve the physical activity and social engagement of students.

“On behalf of the Maitland Grossmann High School community, we would like to express our sincere appreciation in receiving this grant from the NSW Government,” Principal Josh Gane said.

“The Outdoor Fitness Circuit facility will be used by students, staff and community members to improve health and fitness. Construction will hopefully commence in Term 2 and it is envisaged that the facility will be operational by Term 3 2020.”

The grants have been awarded to the schools as a part of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Soldiers Point receives funding for new playground

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Catherine Cusack, Port Stephens East Ward Councillor Jaimie Abbott with local resident Michelle Bokodi and her children Sophie and Isaac, Mayor Ryan Palmer and Councillor John Nell.

Spencer Park in Soldiers Point is set to be overhauled after Port Stephens Council received more than $150,000 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

A brand-new playground and park furniture will be built in a bid to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

Port Stephens East Ward Councillor Jaimie Abbott said it was fantastic news for the local area and thanked the NSW Government for continuing to support initiatives that include everyone in the community.

“In June 2018, I was thankful to secure $12,000 in NSW Government funding to fence the new playground in Shoal Bay, enabling children of all abilities to play safely, giving their parents and carers some piece of mind,” Cr Abbott said.

“I’m so grateful for this funding and I know this will make a real and significant difference to many families and kids in the Soldiers Point area.”

The new playground will be built to the state government’s Everyone Can Play Guidelines, to be aimed at everyone in the community regardless of ability, age or cultural background.

Mayor Ryan Palmer said this is the fourth Stronger Communities Fund Grant Port Stephens has received in as many weeks.

Port Stephens Council and community organisations like the Police Citizens Youth Club and Nelson Bay Rugby Club had been successful in a range of grant applications under the Stronger Country Communities Fund, totaling more than $1 million.

Go to the NSW Government’s website for more information about the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

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