Premier Daniel Andrews visits region to inspect school upgrades

Two of Dunolly Primary Schoolʼs youngest members, four-year-old Jordan Mitchell and prep student Chevy Lay rubbed shoulders with premier Daniel Andrews when he visited last week.

Premier Daniel Andrews flew into the area last week and while the visit spelled good news for local schools, it also put the spotlight back onto the Maryborough Aerodrome.

During the visit, Mr Andrews officially opened the new $161,000 facilities at Dunolly Primary School and Moonambel Primary School’s $66,000 sensory activity space.

Dunolly Primary School’s refurbishment, announced late last year, includes an upgraded first-aid room, safer entry zones, new porch paving, modern staff areas and a meeting room as well as new decking outside the junior classrooms.

During a student-led tour of the school’s new facilities, Mr Andrews said everyone should be proud of the primary school, which he labelled the “heart of the community”.

“There’s been $161,000 spent here and you couldn’t think of a better way to invest the money. I want to say to the principal, teachers, staff as well as the parent community, they should be proud, they’ve done a great job and they’ve got a lot of improvements for $160,000,” he said.

“This is the heart of the community and everyone should be proud of the school, I certainly am and I’ve been honoured to visit here.”

While praising the school’s newly completed refurbishment works, Mr Andrews acknowledged there’s “always more to do”, highlighting the basketball courts which don’t have a roof over them.

Dunolly Primary School principal Katie Lovel said constructing a roof is a project the school has been working towards for some time, already having raised close to two thirds of the required $150,000 and the potential for more funding following the premier’s visit.

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