Bundaberg North Girls Academy equipped for a great future

Monday, 29 April 2019

The outcomes for the Bundaberg North State High School’s Girls Academy have been significantly enhanced thanks to the funding from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt congratulated the Bundaberg North Girls Academy on its successful application from round 4 of the program.

“The Bundaberg North Girls Academy received $17,991 to air-condition its dedicated room at Bundaberg North State High School, as well as purchase equipment,” Mr Pitt said.

“The equipment included tables and chairs, office chairs and desks, as well as a marquee and pull-up banners for excursions, camps and sport training and competitions.

“The Stronger Communities Program has been very successful for community groups and organisations like the Girls Academy that would otherwise struggle to fund these types of projects.”

Bundaberg North Girls Academy Program Manager Angela Long said the Girls Academy program supports Indigenous girls across Australia throughout high school to complete Year 12 and transition into further study and/or employment.

“There are currently 553 girls enrolled in academies across Queensland and 48 in Bundaberg North State High School Girls Academy.

“The equipment and in particular the air-conditioning will provide the students with a productive and comfortable learning environment that will enhance their ability to progress through high school and work on the four primary areas of change which include: school attendance, academic achievement, graduation and post school transition.”

The Stronger Communities Program offered eligible community groups grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 for small capital projects. All applications need to commit at least matching funding or in-kind contributions.

A fifth round of the Stronger Communities Program was announced in the Budget with $150,000 available for each electorate.

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