At last a new hall for Narranga
But things are about to change at Narranga Public, with building set to start on a new school hall that staff, students and the community have been working and waiting for.
Principal Graham Doust said the new hall has been a long time coming.
"Our enrolment is around 600 and when we have whole school assemblies, the students are squashed in under our existing COLA (Covered Outdoor Learning Area)," Mr Doust said.
"For years we've had committees and individuals putting in time and effort to get this for the kids."
The new hall is planned for the south-eastern side of the school and will feature a communal space, a stage, a COLA with direct access from the hall, and a new canteen that will be located closer to the primary play area.
"We're the biggest public school in the district and we're the only public school in the district without a hall," Mr Doust said.
Narranga Public is one of 50 schools across NSW to receive a hall as part of the State Government's 2008-09 capital works program.
Other Coffs Coast schools are also set to benefit from Budget announcements this week, with Kororo Public receiving a new classroom to replace a demountable, Nambucca Heads High allocated funds to complete a Trade School, and continuation funding on the books for projects at Bowraville Central School and Coffs Harbour High.
NSW Minister for Education and Training, John Della Bosca, said more than $4.6 billion has been earmarked for public schools and TAFE colleges in rural and regional areas as part of this year's Budget.
"This Budget will ensure NSW students continue to receive a world-class education," Mr Della Bosca said.