PRIMARY students at Norris Road State School are celebrating a new specialised playground for their Special Education Unit.
Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, visited the school last week to officially open the new playground, which was funded by a grant under Queensland Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF).
“Norris Road State School has a large Special Education Programme which supports students across a variety of areas, including through supported play at lunch time to assist with social skill and motor skill development,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“In order to enhance and further develop this supported play programme, the school’s P&C and Head of Special Education worked together to apply for the grant of $35,000 to build a specialised playground.”
Head of Special Education Services, Debbie Boyd, said that the playground has been of huge value to both the school and the Special Education programme.
“The specialised playground has provided the opportunity for many students to engage with their peers in a more supported, inclusive environment within the school,” Ms Boyd said.
Mr Hinchliffe said that he encourages all not-for-profit organisations to apply for funding of between $500-$35,000 under the grant initiative.
To apply, the Gambling Community Benefit Fund’s online grant portal has a wealth of information at your service and can be accessed at: www.gamblingcommunityfund.qld.gov.au/#/welcome
Community organisations seeking to find out more about this grant or how to apply to should contact Stirling Hinchliffe’s electorate office on (07) 3639 9100 or via email Sandgate@parliament.qld.gov.au