Senator John Hogg with Maryborough central students (from left) Cassidy Gibb, Ally Bridge, Nicholas Schneider, Tyrone Brown, Bryce McKinlay, Will Slade, Bailee Read and Brandy Cameron at the official opening of their new multi-purpose school hall yesterday.
Senator John Hogg with Maryborough central students (from left) Cassidy Gibb, Ally Bridge, Nicholas Schneider, Tyrone Brown, Bryce McKinlay, Will Slade, Bailee Read and Brandy Cameron at the official opening of their new multi-purpose school hall yesterday. NAT BROMHEAD

Schools benefit from millions

IF YOU hand over more than $4.5million in funds for school buildings you have every right to go along and open them.

And that's how it was yesterday for Labor Senator John Hogg as he toured around the Fraser Coast.

His first stop was St James Lutheran College in Urraween where $850,000 was spent on a new library and an additional $75,000 on a car park and pathways.

Next Mr Hogg was at Maryborough Central State School for the official opening of its $1.7 million multi-purpose hall and library refurbishment.

His final call was Glendyne Education and Training Centre's new $1 million performing arts centre and $925,000 new library and science centre.

Mr Hogg said every project had provided an absolute benefit to communities, schools and teachers.

“Contrary to the unfortunate press that some projects have got, they do not reflect the advantage that has been given to school communities through Building the Education Revolution,” he said.

“Everyone admits that there have been some bad projects but trying to characterise them as representing the totality of the BER projects is nonsense.”

Mr Hogg said the projects had employed many local workers.



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