Funding for full tummies

Back row (L-R): Charles, Felicity, Arlo Esk State School students are among hundreds within the region set to benefit from the School and Community Food Relief Program. Picture: FILE

The Queensland State Budget has a tip-top announcement for school playgrounds and tuckshops across the region.

The upcoming budget is reported to provide $15 million in funding for the School and Community Food Relief Program.

This funding will provide food security for families struggling with cost-of-living pressures, and boost the healthy options available at tuckshops.

The government announced 277 state schools would share in over $68 million to upgrade their playgrounds and tuckshops.

Among those successful for tuckshop grants were Glamorgan Vale State School, Lockyer District High School, Rosewood State High School and Toogoolawah State High School.

The following schools will receive playground funding in the third tranche announced in May: Esk State School, Forest Hill State School, Harlin State School, Kilcoy State School, Linville State School, Lowood State High School and Prenzlau State School.

Previous recipients in tranche two, announced in August 2023, included Ashwell State School, Kentville State School and Laidley District State School.

Schools were able to apply for funding of up to $500,000 to upgrade playgrounds, including to replace soft fall surfacing and install shade cover structures, and for tuckshops to purchase items such as catering appliances and equipment, install stainless steel benches and upgrade facilities.

Premier Steven Miles said one of his priorities was to deliver accessible food options at schools.

“I don’t want Queenslanders to choose between paying their rent or mortgage and putting food in their kids lunchbox,” Dr Miles said.

“A full tummy leads to better concentration, better engagement and better results, which is what we all want.”