WATCH: Bill Byrne announces Special School investment
UPDATE 12PM: ROCKHAMPTON Special School students look forward to a bright future thanks to much-needed infrastructure upgrades.
Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne committed a further $500,000 to the $3.8 million provided to the Rockhampton Special School to construct a new administration building, and a further $100,000 to re-purpose the current admin block into classrooms.
Principal Josephine Wiley says the new buildings will help accommodate new student enrolments from their large catchment area.
"We service students from Mount Morgan right up to past Marlborough," she said.
"So having a new administration block is going to free up space for us in the school to take new students into the school and to give those students the best possible educational outcomes that we can."
Rockhampton Special School has speciality facilities to assist students in their daily school life such as hydrotherapy pools and multi-sensory room, bringing in students far and wide.
Mr Byrne hopes the funding will provide students with opportunities for a bright future.
"I've spoken to many parents and some of my close friends have children with disabilities and I know how important a school such as this is as a centre for those families, and of course the ultimate aim is to make sure the children can integrate into society in a much smoother way," he said.
"It's all about an appropriate and sensitive community to make sure children of all backgrounds have the best options."
State Government funds for Central Queensland schools in this year's budget include:
- $116,000 to upgrade the canteen eating area at Glenmore State High School
- $800,000 to re-purpose and enhance classrooms and replace airconditioners at Berserker Street State School
- $330,000 of $3 million to commence work on a new building at Waraburra State School
- $350,000 to refurbish classrooms and rationalise older buildings at Glenmore State High School
- $300,000 to refurbish classrooms at Glenmore State School
EARLIER: AT LEAST four politicians are expected to make announcements in Rockhampton today that will benefit the community.
The announcements range from education to business, public housing and emergency services.
Three of the four announcements are related to the State Government's budget announced last week.
The fourth is a Federal Election promise.
Keep an eye on The Bulletin's website for more on these announcements throughout the day.