Howzat for new sporting facilities at Tannum high school

Several years in the planning, the school now boasts three new practice cricket wickets, a professional long jump pit and an undercover/outdoor classroom area.

Deputy principal, Tarah Vardy, said the project was a combined school, state government and community venture. “It began as a wish list item and went on to become an important piece of infrastructure valued at almost $300,000,” she said. 

Community liaison officer, Carol Shuttleworth, said the contribution from The Sands community currently being developed near the school and Shadforths Civil Contractors who came on-board to complete the earthworks, was greatly appreciated. “Initial quotes were in the vicinity of $110,000 – way beyond our budget,” she said. “I approached them and asked what they could do to help. They looked at the job and said they’d do it at no cost.”

Mrs Shuttleworth said she was also grateful for the Smart Schools Subsidy Scheme which granted over $169,000 towards the project and the Gambling Community Benefit Fund Grant a further $30,000.

An additional contribution by the Boyne Smelters Employees’ Fund saw $2,500 to cover the cost of new bats, balls, pads and other equipment. “That’s a fantastic gesture considering the money was donated from voluntary contributions from their staff,” Carol said.

Few were more delighted to see the facility opened than Head of Department Physical Ed, Leon Sternberg. “This was born from a need to install a long jump pit. Now we have this fantastic facility that will not only benefit our own students but also local sporting groups who can access this area during the weekends.”

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