The State Government and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray have lent a big hand to two projects headed-up by Capel Primary School.
Aided by $100,000 from the Labor Government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative, and an extra $15,000 in school funding, the school has completed its car park improvement project designed to make peak school times more efficient.
The project added three additional rows of parking bays – along with new bus parking areas – to the premises as well as access ways linking the car park to the school’s sporting facilities.
Attending the school for the announcement on Tuesday, September 7, Mr Murray praised the Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative for its continued support of organisations across Collie-Preston.
“The upgrade to the school’s car park will allow parents and students to come in and out of the area safely,” he said.
Capel Primary School principal Ron Crabbe and Road Contractors manager/owner Rowan Howard said construction took four to six weeks.
Mr Howard said the car park was a necessary addition to the school.
“Before it was built, the traffic flow through the area was terrible,” he said.
“It is a lot safer and now everyone can access the car park easily.”
The 2017 Community Chest Fund small grant program, via Royalties for Regions, recently provided $27,000 to assist with the construction of a new community multi-purpose sports pavilion with a storage area, veranda, and seating.
Having received $27,252 in funding, the school and P and C set aside $57, 531 for the pavilion’s development.
Mr Crabbe said the new pavilion would benefit the school’s carnivals and after school groups as well as local sporting organisations and community fitness groups.
“We applied for the Royalties for Regions money with the concept in mind, and it was probably at the right time that we got it,” he said.
“The fact that they can leave school and come straight over to the field, rather than having to go home first, is crucial.”
Mr Crabbe thanked the State Government for its financial support and Bunbury Regional Prison for helping to construct the pavilion.