Stimulus project begins at school

BACKHOES are digging into the ground at Coffs Harbour Public School for the foundations of the school’s new hall and outdoor covered learning area.

Work began on the multi-million project during the holidays and is expected to be finished in time for the start of fourth term.

The Department of Education and Training lists the cost of the project at $2,150,000.

This includes a brick assembly hall large enough to accommodate the school’s 320 students; four smaller debating and storage rooms; a rear covered outdoor learning area and pathways.

The school’s new principal Peter Hickey said he was hoping they would have the use of the hall for the final term this year, especially for their end-of-year presentation events,

“The existing hall is too small for the present school,” Mr Hickey said.

“This (Building the Education Revolution stimulus money) is the only way we would have got a new one.

“We are all very excited about it.”

The hall is being building on a lower section of the school playground adjoining the laneway off Salamander Street on the southern side of the school. The choice of this site means that some of the Coffs Coast’s oldest school buildings, two timber classrooms at Coffs Harbour Public School which date from the early years of the 20th century, have been spared plans to demolish or relocate them.

Coffs Harbour Public School is believed to have the oldest public buildings in Coffs Harbour still used for their original purpose.

The school is also close to another of Coffs Harbour’s pioneer buildings, the police station and courthouse, now an antique shop.

The Building the Education Revolution funding from the Federal Government stimulus package has provided $17.5 million in funding for upgrading work at 11 local schools.



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