New bus shelter for Haden State School

11 June 2015

Haden State School students, staff, parents and guardians now have a roof over their head whilst waiting for that school bus courtesy of a successful application to the New Hope Groups Community Investment Fund.

The structure completed recently and just in time for inclement weather, was officially opened with some pomp and ceremony in late May and attended by Haden State School Principle Elaine Brennan, New Hope’s Community Liaison Officer Naomi Tonscheck, P&C members Kellie Dioth and Karen Toll and students. 

The honour of cutting the ribbon was that of school leaders Cameron Newton and Rayannah Wassell.

According to Haden State School Parents and Citizens (immediate past) President Kellie Dioth, not having a shelter was a community safety, health and welfare issue.

“It is wonderful to finally have some relief from the elements for students and other community members while they await the bus.

 “It provides not just protection from the harsh sun but also from the cold, wind, hail and lightening.

“It’s great to see kids now have somewhere to wait out of those elements.

“We’re incredibly appreciative to the New Acland Community Investment Fund Reference Group for approving the funding to provide the shelter” she said.

The New Acland Community Investment Fund assists not-for-profit community groups and organisations to develop long-term outcomes for communities around the New Acland Coal Mine.

Not-for-profit groups and organisations within the Toowoomba Regional Council area are eligible to apply for grants of $10,000 or more under the fund.

New Hope’s Executive General Manager of Mining Jim Randell said applications to the fund are assessed by the New Acland Community Reference Group (CRG).

“CRG members, who represent a broad cross section of community interests in the area surrounding the New Acland Coal Mine, assess applications and make recommendations to the New Hope Group on appropriate community initiatives to support,” he said.