$2m Bruns school hall opens
Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot joined excited students, staff and parents at the official opening of Brunswick Heads Public School’s brand new multi-purpose hall on Monday.
Ms Elliot was due in parliament for an extra sitting day but was granted special leave to attend the opening.
She was treated to a special welcome to country by Dhinawan and the Deadly Dancers troupe and a performance by the school choir.
Ms Elliot congratulated the school on their new facilities and said it was great to hear how not only the school but the wider community would be putting the new hall to use.
Brunswick Heads Public School principal Mick Channells said that despite the problems reported by other schools in the media, his experience with the government’s Building the Education (BER) program had been very positive.
“We now have this wonderful community resource,” he said at the opening.
“The hall makes the school more accessible to the community and the community more accessible to us.”
Mr Channells said that the benefits of the new hall could not be measured in dollars.
“This was a one-in-10-lifetimes opportunity for our school and we were very happy to be a part of it,” he said.
The school received $2 million for the multi-purpose facility under the National School Pride (NSP) program.
It also received an additional $125,000 for the Primary Schools for the 21st Century element of the BER.
The hall building project took around 11 months to complete and was undertaken by project managers from the Reed Group, with the building work done by Wares.
It is around 600 square metres, with room for around 200 seated guests and will fit an extra 100 on the under-cover balcony.
The hall features timber floors, has a low stage area, toilets, store rooms and access to a nearby canteen for catering.
Its multi-purpose under-cover area will provide much-needed shade as well as wet-weather protection.
The hall is available for hire and is already being used for a diverse range of community activities including tae kwon do, dance classes, workshops and meetings.
Southern Cross School Education group director Greg Cloak said that it was one of the smoothest-run BER projects he’d seen in the area.
“And there’s potential for more improvements for the school on the way in the next few weeks,” he said.