$3.2m upgrade for Gatton school

A MASSIVE expansion to Gatton State School has delighted parents who know the redevelopment will ensure it will be able to accommodate an increase in the town's population.

The popular primary school which caters for about 650 students will soon have a state-of-the-art multi-purpose hall, bigger library, more facilities and upgraded classrooms.

The major upgrade has been made possible through $3.2 million in government funding.

Gatton State School P&C president James Poole said the expansion meant “wonderful things” for the Lockyer Valley community.

“It's very exciting for the school. It means the children will have a completely covered area to play sport in, a place to have award presentations and parades and gives us that extra facility to hold functions any time of the day or night,” Mr Poole said.

“There will also be an extension of the school library and an increased variety of books for the children.”

Mr Poole, who has two children attending the school, said they were both excited about the new facilities.

“These new facilities will ensure we are better catered to accommodate for that growth.”

Blair Federal MP Shayne Neumann said millions had been invested into the school as part of the Labor Government's Building Education Revolution package.

“Gatton is the heart of the Lockyer Valley and it's a fast-growing region, this project will support jobs locally and build vital resources for the region's future,” Mr Neumann said.

“This $3.2 million of funding will provide the school with a classroom refurbishment, a multi-purpose hall and library extension as well as new data projectors and smart boards.”

The works are scheduled for completion for the start of the 2011 school year.

Story courtesy of Melanie Maeseele, QT


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