[singlepic id=407 w=320 h=240 float=left] Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today announced more than $16,900 in funding for two projects at Innisfail State School as part of the Bligh Government’s Special Building Needs program.

Mr Pitt said the funding would enable Innisfail State School to repaint the exterior of the amenities block and replace the old timber beam over the sliding glass door opposite the shade area in the Music/ Arts block.

“This funding is great news for the students, parents and teachers of Innisfail State School,” Mr Pitt said.

“Sometimes it’s the small projects that can make a big difference. It’s an investment in the future for the students themselves, and for the entire local community.

“Education is the building block for employment and success later in life and the Bligh Government will continue to invest in public education to give our kids a brighter future.

“This work is important to the entire school community, and I look forward to seeing the works completed.”

“I know that Innisfail State School acting P&C President Tracey Torrens and Principal Tania Kaitara are very excited and welcome the repainting of the music block and amenities block,” Mr Pitt said.

Ms Torrens said the areas are near the school tuckshop where the school is intending to use chalkboard paint to update the tuckshop.

“Our fantastic tuckshop volunteers will write the menu on one side and the Prep students will draw healthy food,” Ms Torrens said.

“These options will further assist our school in promoting healthy eating within our school community.

“Next year Innisfail State School celebrates the 125th anniversary of the schools opening, this facelift will come at a fantastic time for our school.”

Mr Pitt said he was delighted the government was able to provide this funding boost through the Department of Public Works’ Special Building Needs program.

“The Special Building Needs program was developed in addition to existing maintenance programs to provide extra funding for projects that arise in the course of the year or are unable to be completed by the school because of the cost,” he said.

“This funding demonstrates the Bligh Government’s commitment to maintaining public infrastructure for the benefit of the community.

“It also ensures we are on the path to achieving our Towards Q2 targets of a stronger, smarter, fairer Queensland.”

The work will be programmed for completion as soon as possible, with every effort being made to minimise disruption to the day to day running of the school.

QBuild – the State Government’s construction and maintenance division – will manage the project.