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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


The NSW Government is set to support Bathurst’s MacKillop College with a grant of more than $2.27 million towards the costs of a major expansion program.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole announced the College would receive the capital assistance under Round 2 of the government’s 2002/21 Building Grants Assistance Scheme (BGAS).

Mr Toole said the total cost of the project was $3.24 million to allow for the “demolition of obsolete areas and construction of general and specialised learning spaces including classrooms, art rooms, covered outdoor areas and staff/pupil facilities”.

“In 2019, the NSW Government committed $500 million funding for the Building Grants Assistance Scheme over four years,” Mr Toole said.

“Project funding of $238 million has been available in 2020/21, with the funding committed to 57 projects at Independent and Catholic Schools across NSW.

“Under the scheme, grants are directed towards Independent and Catholic Schools with the greatest need, to support non-government schools to build, extend or upgrade their facilities to provide more student places in growing communities.”

BGAS is funding by the NSW Government and administered by the Association of independent Schools NSW and the Catholic Schools NSW Black Grant Authorities.

Christina Trimble, Executive Director Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst (CEDB) said: “The funding announcement is welcome news and we appreciate the support of the NSW Government as MacKillop College plans for future growth”.

Steve Muller, Principal of MacKillop College, said they are grateful to receive the grant that will assist in the construction of six new contemporary learning spaces and additional staff facilities.

“With enrolments predicted to reach more than 700 in 2022, the new learning spaces will be a welcome addition to the College, allowing us to continue to provide quality Catholic education with state of the art facilities. It’s exciting times,” he said.


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