Port Germein's progress association takes over former primary school

UNITED: Residents Di Haley, left, Margo Tobar, Debra Hyde, Marc Magliulo, Karen Gore, Denise Jacobsen, Sue Perovic, Per Jacobsen and Jan Pana outside the former primary school.
UNITED: Residents Di Haley, left, Margo Tobar, Debra Hyde, Marc Magliulo, Karen Gore, Denise Jacobsen, Sue Perovic, Per Jacobsen and Jan Pana outside the former primary school.

In a win for the Port Germein community, the local progress association has bought the town’s former primary school.

This comes after the education department agreed to hand the site to the residents for an as-yet-undisclosed price.

The site had been in limbo since its closure and was the subject of two public meetings and a plea to the state government from the association.

Association assistant secretary Sue Perovic said the government had called for expressions of interest and her group had been successful.

“I am absolutely ecstatic,” she said.

“We have got something for our community. We will use it for all the things we outlined in our submission to the government.

“Now we will have the opportunity to get some government grants based on our ownership of the school.

We have got something for our community. We will use it for all the things we outlined in our submission to the government. Now we will have the opportunity to get some government grants based on our ownership of the school.

Sue Perovic

“We bought it with some progress money and will borrow the rest. We have already spoken to the bank.

“How about that for a little community? I am so excited.”

Association members agreed that they would seek to create a “community hub” on the site with activities such as:

*Information technology classes for young and old

*Heritage and museum displays or art gallery

*Aged, frail and disabled respite

*Pet-friendly accommodation

*Base for Work-for-the-Dole participants

*Opportunity shop or men’s shed

*Community medical centre and sport services

*Youth drop-in centre

*Nukunu Aboriginal history displays

*Goyder’s Line museum

*Involvement by SA Health

*Grow your own garden

*Meals-on-wheels-type service

  • The site includes 10 surveyed blocks and a Victorian-period stone school hall, covering 1271 hectares. 

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