CHRISTMAS has come early for Irrawang High School, with staff, students and parents looking forward to no longer having to suffer through the summer months following a $42,200 grant awarded by local Member for Port Stephens, Kate Washington, to purchase and install air conditioning for the school hall.
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The Irrawang High School Community Hall is used frequently by the school community, as well as other local schools and community groups, for various school and community events and functions.
During the summer months, it is not uncommon for staff, students and parents to sit in the hall with temperatures upwards of 35 degrees.
The grant, which will allow the P&C to purchase and install a large air conditioning unit, will be sourced through the NSW Community Building Partnership program which provides funds for new and improved community infrastructure.
The P&C will contribute half of the $90,000 cost of the unit with money fundraised by the school community.
Among the 16 successful grant recipients in Port Stephens are projects for five local schools, two preschools,
four sporting clubs and five other community organisations including the Port Stephens SES.
The Community Building Partnership grant program is provided by the NSW Government each year.
Kate Washington MP told News Of The Area, “I’m pleased to be able to support Irrawang High School with this funding. “It’s a terrific school which is on the up and up, but the infrastructure is in need of some love.”
“I congratulate the hardworking P&C who have fought for this funding for so long and fundraised half of
money already,” she said.
Cassie Collins, Vice President, Irrawang High School P&C told News Of The Area, “I’m so pleased that the P&C has received this grant funding.”
“The school community has been crying out for air conditioning in the school hall for years.”
“With so many activities and events held in the hall, the air conditioning will make a big difference to the school.”
“I thank Kate Washington and the State Government, on behalf of the school and P&C, for their support of Irrawang High School,” she said.