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L-R: Front – Welcoming the funding announcement in front of the historic school are St Mary’s Primary school students Amelia Newton, Lauren Baker, Cameron Evans and James Rowland. Back – Chair of Building Committee Frank Hannigan, Richmond Valley Mayor Cr Robert Mustow, Parish Business Manager Natalie Day, Parish Priest Fr Peter Slack, St Mary’s Primary School Principal John O’Brien, Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis and Richmond Valley General Manager – Vaughan Macdonald. Image: contributed

Nearly $5m for major refurbishment of St Mary’s Primary School in Casino

St Mary’s Primary School in Casino is set for a major revamp courtesy of a $4,886,598 capital upgrade grant from the Nationals in NSW Government, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis announced on site. “The is the biggest local funding injection into the Catholic school system for some time and the money will be used for the demolition of obsolete areas and the construction of nine new classrooms, two learning commons, three covered outdoor learning spaces and walkways,” Mr Gulaptis said. “Six further classrooms, the library and administration area will also be refurbished at the 137-year-old historic school.” School principal John O’Brien said it was very exciting news for the kids and families of Casino and something that they were very grateful for. “Teachers make the greatest impact on our kids at school, we will soon have learning facilities that match the quality teaching that we have here at SMP Casino,” Principal O’Brien said. “Our enrolment has increased by over 100 students in the last couple of years. Our students will now be educated in facilities that match the likes of Sydney schools. Our country kids and the kids of Casino very much deserve this.” “We will ensure the building caters for the needs of our kids and their learning and something that our community can be really proud of,” Mr O’Brien concluded. The funding comes from the NSW Government’s Building Grants Assistance Scheme. The Catholic Education Office will also make a significant contribution towards the major refurbishment.