New synthetic playing surface installed at Burraneer Bay Public School thanks to community vote

Official opening: Mark Speakman (left), Jack W (school captain); Craig Bulmer (P&C president); Victoria Pantelis (principal); Dolly F (school captain); Karen Shehata (director school leadership, Port Hacking network). Picture: supplied
Official opening: Mark Speakman (left), Jack W (school captain); Craig Bulmer (P&C president); Victoria Pantelis (principal); Dolly F (school captain); Karen Shehata (director school leadership, Port Hacking network). Picture: supplied

A school community's vision has been realised with the muddy, sparsely grassed oval being transformed through the installation of a synthetic playing surface.

Burraneer Bay Public School was awarded a state government grant of $200,000 grant in 2019 after topping the vote in Cronulla electorate in the My Community Project program.

Nearly two years later, Cronulla MP and Attorney-General Mark Speakman has joined school community representatives to officially open the resurfaced field.

Before: The oval in 2019 when the grant was announced - Principal Victoria Pantelis, Poppy Fava (left) Jack Schumacher and Jemima Hickey. Picture: John Veage

Before: The oval in 2019 when the grant was announced - Principal Victoria Pantelis, Poppy Fava (left) Jack Schumacher and Jemima Hickey. Picture: John Veage

"It was terrific to see the students enjoying their revamped oval," Mr Speakman said.

"This project will benefit Burraneer Bay Public School students for many years to come."

Mr Speakman congratulated the school's P&C on preparing a strong application and strong online community support.

A photo of the ova submitted for the My Community Project program. Picture: supplied

A photo of the ova submitted for the My Community Project program. Picture: supplied

P&C president Craig Bulmer welcomed the funding and thanked Mr Speakman for his support.

The project was designed to also benefit before and after school care programs, local sporting groups and members of the wider community.

A total of 248 projects across NSW were funded through the My Community Project program, which was the first community initiative funded by the NSW Generations Fund.

It provided NSW residents with an opportunity to propose and vote for new projects in their local area.

The program has not been repeated. The government says it is reviewing options for future programs to be supported by the NSW Generations Fund.

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