STAWELL 502 Primary School will receive "much needed" upgrades to infrastructure in 2020.
Funded by the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) Stawell 502 Primary School are on the receiving end of $310,125 to refurbish and upgrade the school oval.
Stawell 502 Primary School principal Robyn Jones said the was excited to hear of the news of the funding for the oval, one which was laid over 50 years ago.
"So many generations have come through the schools and dealt with the oval in it's current state," she said. "This grant has been provided through the Victorian School Building Authority for which we are certainly very grateful.
"Our oval is such an important part of our school. It provides an area for daily play, PE and sports lessons, school events, Christmas concerts, our Twilight Market - just to name a few.
"Our school grounds are predominately asphalt, with our oval providing the only green space for our students to play."
Mrs Jones said "sadly", over the years, the oval had deteriorated, especially after the drought years.
"Last year School Council worked to refurbish the oval and whilst we had some success, it was not sustainable," she said.
"We needed a much greater injection of funds to excavate the current site, to install a new drainage and irrigation system and to improve the perimeter, thereby making it a much safer and more enjoyable place for our students to play.
"Thankfully we now have the funds and construction team to do this for 502."
A designated Project Officer will be visiting the school over the holiday period to confirm the details, with works beginning in 2021.
"Whilst I am unable to confirm at this stage, I also hope that this project will allow us to support local businesses and tradespeople," Mrs Jones said.
"On behalf of our 502 school community, I would like to recognise and thank our arts teacher, Amelia Kingston for her dedicated work in completing the Grant application for our school.
"Over the years, Amelia has gained many grants for us, but this one is a truly outstanding result for our school."
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