Fed funds for Linville State

Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann visited Linville State School to congratulate them on receiving funding to upgrade an amenities block and more through the Federal Government’s Schools Upgrade Fund. Pictures: SHAYNE NEUMANN

Linville State School in the upper Somerset region will receive $850,000 to upgrade an amenities block to ensure students’ health and safety requirements are met, including a new path.

It will also be used to upgrade the school’s playground and tennis court.

The funding is part of $40 million investment into vital infrastructure projects for 16 Queensland public schools through Round 2 of the Federal Government’s Schools Upgrade Fund, with schools receiving funding of at least $250,000 to build or upgrade educational facilities.

Successful projects include upgrading classrooms, installing new playground equipment, and resurfacing and upgrading sporting facilities.

Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said the new funding was a big win for the Linville school community.

“Congratulations to Riverview State School and Linville State School, who are receiving at least $800,000 each to build or upgrade infrastructure,” Mr Neumann said.

“It was wonderful to visit both of these schools today [Thursday, 9 May] to share the good news.”

Public schools with the greatest need have been prioritised in this grant round, including schools with high numbers of students from a low-socio economic background, First Nations Students, and students with disability.

Public schools which have not received significant capital funding in the last two years were also prioritised.

“I know this funding has been targeted at schools that need it most, and the staff and students are very grateful for the support,” Mr Neumann said.

School applications were reviewed by the Queensland Department of Education, which made recommendations to the Australian Government.

Federal Minister for Education Jason Clare said the Schools Upgrade Fund was helping to deliver a better future for Australian school students.

“I want all students to get access to a quality education, including access to quality facilities to learn in and play on,” Mr Clare said.

“From upgrading classrooms to new playgrounds and outdoor equipment, this funding will deliver upgrades to public schools that need it the most.”