MEDIA RELEASE March 5, 2015
After a 25-year effort by Rozelle Public School’s community, students finally have full use of all the school’s land for sport and play – a crucial development as enrolments soar.
Greens Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker MP, facilitated nearly $30,000 in community grant funding for Rozelle Public’s P&C, which was enough money to finish laying down artificial ‘Tiger Turf’ on the school’s lower oval, finally making all its land fully usable.
“I want to congratulate the P&C, who have worked so hard to raise funds to expand play and sporting facilities at Rozelle.
“I was delighted to be able to facilitate this grant for nearly $30,000 dollars to help meet what is a growing and urgent need in our community for space for kids to play in.
“This grant is part of almost $1 million in funding for our schools, community organisations and childcare centres that I’ve been delighted to help deliver,” said Mr Parker.
The Department of Education acquired land adjacent to the school about 25 years ago, but it needed remediation after being used for industry. One play space was laid four years ago with Tiger Turf – which withstands heavy use by kids – and another play space, which had been mostly dust and mud, was finished with the community grant in time for the 2015 school year.
“The school’s community has been working tirelessly for over 20 years on rejuvenating the land that was allocated to it,” said Stuart Waldon, president of Rozelle Public School’s P&C.
“The school’s grown rapidly in the last 15 years, from less than 100 kids then to over 600 now, and play space is critical. Inner west schools are facing huge increases in population, and space is a premium.
“We now have a wonderful space that kids love, which is also available for before and after school activities, and is of real benefit to the community,” said Mr Waldon.