State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle and LNP Candidate for Caloundra Stuart Coward today announced an LNP Government would commit $600,000 to fund upgrades to the primary school facilities at Caloundra State School.
Mr McArdle said $100,000 would be invested immediately to provide a new playground for prep-school students and $500,000 would go toward a major expansion and upgrade of the school’s Hall.
“Today we are very happy to be announcing funding for two projects at Caloundra State School. Not only will an LNP Government fund the construction of a designated playground for prep-aged children who attend the school but will also add $500k to the school’s seed funding for major expansion and upgrades to the school’s Hall,” Mr McArdle said.
“Caloundra State School has a rich history in our community, with the very first 8 students enrolled in 1899. Today over 550 of Caloundra’s youngest residents receive some of their earliest education in these classrooms.
“We need to ensure this school’s facilities are able to grow as our community continues to grow.”
Caloundra State School P&C President Daniel McDougall welcomed the funding commitment saying it would help “future-proof” the school as more people relocated to the area.
“At the moment, the school does not have a specifically designated playground for prep students which the $100k would be used to complete,” Mr McDougall said.
“It’s an important thing for families to know their first child going to Caloundra State School will have a designated area to play in and enjoy with children their own age.
“The $500k for the school Hall will be a very welcome boost towards the expansion and upgrade of the existing facility, which simply does not best meet the needs of our community.
“A school Hall is the centre piece of the school community. It is where events and assemblies are held, it is used for special lessons, music and dance practice, and for giving kids the opportunity to do other extra-curricular activities.
“The long-term plan will include new stages, upgraded AV equipment, toilets, storage and an expansion of the space so we can house all of our students for assemblies and not have to limit parent numbers for special events.”
LNP Candidate for Caloundra Stuart Coward said it was an honour to be able to give back to the local school community for future generations.
“As a Caloundra High School graduate, I am thrilled to now be able to support the local schools in my future endeavours to become the next State Member for Caloundra,” Mr Coward said.
“I owe a great deal to the quality of my schooling and now this is an opportunity to show my appreciation through the LNP’s commitment to build a designated playground for the preppies and provide significant seed funding for the Hall upgrade.
“Not only will the current and future student benefit from these upgrades but the wider community will be able to enjoy the Hall for special performances and the ability for groups to book the Hall outside of school hours,” Mr Coward concluded.