201410.24

Billson opens new $740,000 learning areas at Bayside Christian College

Local Federal Member for Dunkley, Bruce Billson, today joined students and staff at Bayside Christian College to officially open new learning spaces in the School’s multi-purpose building.

Mr Billson said the Australian Government provided $350,000 in funding to ensure students had access to the right facilities and plenty of room to grow and learn.

“The Government believes in an education system that puts students first and I am honoured to be here today to open the new learning spaces,” Mr Billson said.

“We are committed to building a world-class education system that will equip all Australian students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.

“We are pleased to have delivered this funding through the Capital Grants Programme.

“Many people have worked very hard to make this project a reality which shows exactly what can be achieved by a community with strong leadership and a clear vision for the future.”

Bayside Christian College Principal Mr Chris Prior said the new learning spaces will ensure the delivery of high quality education and thanked the Federal Government for their support and funding.

“We are very excited to be able to use this space and I know the school will benefit greatly,” Mr Prior said.

“The addition of a second storey to the school’s existing multi-purpose building includes three general learning areas, staff areas, storerooms, amenities and the installation of a lift.

“The new facilities are an exciting addition to the College, providing dedicated learning spaces for our upper primary students.”

The project, totalling $739,254, was funded through a $350,000 Australian Government grant, and by a $389,254 contribution from the Bayside Christian College community.

The Federal Government provided Bayside Christian School with $1.5 million in funding in April this year to build a Trade Skills Centre. Work is expected to start early next year.