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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


There was loud cheering and clapping in the playground at Ilford Public School when NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole paid a recent visit.

Mr Toole met with staff, students and members of the P&C to announce a NSW Government grant to help upgrade facilities at the school.

The $35,000 funding from the Community Building Partnership (CBP) fund will allow new synthetic grass to be laid in a high traffic section of the playground.

School principal Gemma Suttor said it was great news to end the year.

“We were excited to have Mr Toole visit us with his big cheque for the playground upgrade,” she said.

“The old synthetic grass had well and truly reached its use by date and really does need replacing. The children love using the play equipment in that area and a new, soft-fall surface will make it safer as well.”

The NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership program has funded more than 16,000 community projects since it commenced in 2009.

In 2022, there is $400,000 to allocate in each electorate. Applications for the 2022 Program open in early 2022.

For more information about the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program, visit


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