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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


Portland Central School has been successful in receiving funding for a project that will benefit the whole Portland community.

The Portland Central Park project is a complete redesign of the recreation space at Portland Central School. The new park will be open to not only students of the school but also the wider community making Portal Central Park the new place to be.

The primary school playground is old and damaged while the secondary school has never in fact had a space designed specifically for them. The new green space will accommodate for both plus some new additions including an edible veggie garden, sports courts and more plants and grassed areas.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has announced Resources for Regions grant of $672,375 to fund the project.

Mr Toole said the support from the NSW Government will take the community park from a pipedream to a reality.

“This is such a fantastic initiative from Portal Central School to create a space for the whole community to enjoy,” Mr Toole said.

“The new park will give young people and children a place to go, hang out and play outside of school hours and in holiday times."

Portland Central School Principal Matt Quirk said the new outdoor space will transform the school’s playground areas.

“Portland Central School is an active Share our Space school and as such a refurbished recreational space will be valuable asset to students and families of the school as well as the whole community,” Mr Quirk said.

“They will also have access to events and programs run with the new infrastructure.”

“We are so grateful for Paul Toole and the NSW Government’s for supporting us in this project.”

The project funding includes co-contributions from the Department of Education and the Parent and Citizens Association.

Active Share our Space schools open their playgrounds and other facilities to the public during holiday periods for families to come and visit their local school, and for children and residents to stay active and enjoy the fantastic playgrounds and spaces these schools have to offer.

The Liberals and Nationals Government’s Share Our Space program has targeted schools where there is a need to provide greater access for families and residents with outdoor green space and naturally shaded play areas. It’s a way of ensuring that communities get as much use out of their local public schools as possible

The local infrastructure improvements like this project in Lithgow region are a key to helping the community and come thanks to the NSW Government’s $75 million Resources for Regions, Round Eight.


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